Fashion’s highest-profile black designer and the creative mind behind Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection, Virgil Abloh, died of cancer on Sunday, Vuitton owner LVMH said. There is a wave of mourning in the fashion world after this news. Several stars have expressed their condolences for Virgil. Everyone has paid their respects through Twitter and Instagram. ( Virgil Abloh die )
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Instagram post by Jadrian Smith (stylist)
Thank you for being such an incredible exponent to all of us black boys who thought it would never be possible for the fashion industry to exist at the luxury level. I still remember your first show for @LouisVuitton and how much it changed the culture, the culture for so many years that was devoid of color.
Instagram post of Tracee Ellis Ross (actress)
Virgil Abloh. It is a devastating loss to culture and fashion. What inspiration and creative power.
Instagram post by Vilgory Tanjong (handbag designer)
As a Black designer in extreme white luxury spaces, Virgil Abloh’s existence was so prolific that it paved the way for other Black designers like me. And for that I am forever grateful. As I reflect on his passing, I think about what an important life he lived. In African culture, and certainly in Ghanaian culture, from where Virgil has its roots, they do not mourn a life lost, but celebrate a life well lived. Virgil inspired millions with his God-given talent. He lived his purpose. That is the greatest blessing. He was always in the midst of the public and his legacy lives on.
Instagram post of Al-Mayasa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar Museum President ( Virgil Abloh die )
The world has lost a creative genius. @Virgilabloh was only in Doha two weeks ago to open his latest exhibition, Figures of Speech @dohafirestation. His generosity, kindness, innovation and appeal are just a few words I can use to describe the visual memory I will always have with him. A Ghanaian boy who conquered the world of creativity through his interdisciplinary approach – pushing innovation to the latest levels. I hope you will be inspired by his latest exhibition in Doha. The time he spent talking about his early debut with the youth will undoubtedly echo in his mind forever. My condolences and prayers are with his wife and children. May his soul rest in peace. ( Virgil Abloh die )
Elton Mason (model) in an Instagram post
Raja, my heart is broken and I am short of words. All I can say is thank you Virgil. Thank you for changing this world and inspiring us all. Thank you for trusting and believing in me. Your legacy is eternal and you are in our hearts forever. I love you Virgil.
Kim Jones’s Instagram post
So sad to hear of the passing of dear Virgil, one of the kindest people you can meet, many a great time traveling the world and working on the floors in hotel rooms and rummaging through Japanese magazines and laughing. And spent the day talking about thoughts… thoughts for Mary Shannon and the kids and the rest of her family.
Instagram post by fashion designer Donatella Versace
Virgil, I’m lost for words. The world has lost a fashion superstar. an investigator. A producer for history books. I am thinking of all your loved ones on this sad day. Love, Donatella.
You left us way too soon Virgil. Your creativity, your infinite sense of curiosity, your love for design, your impecable work ethic and your enormous generosity shaped a creative universe that challenged old misconceptions… (1/3) pic.twitter.com/56U8sMIWLc
— Nina Garcia (@ninagarcia) November 28, 2021
Former Elle Magazine Editor-in-Chief Nina Garcia on Twitter ( Virgil Abloh die )
You left us too early Virgil. Your creativity, your infinite sense of curiosity, your love for design, your impeccable work ethic and your immense generosity shaped a creative universe that challenged age-old misconceptions about how fashion should communicate with other disciplines. Your understanding of fashion bridged a gap, attracting new audiences who respected your designs.
We would like to extend our most heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of Virgil Abloh, an immense inspiration to us all both as a designer and as a person. He will be deeply missed though his vision will live on through the trails that he blazed throughout his career. pic.twitter.com/T8gXyNkJzH
— gucci (@gucci) November 28, 2021
fashion house gucci on twitter
We would like to express our heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of Virgil Abloh, who is a huge inspiration to all of us as a designer and as a person. He will be greatly missed, though his vision will live on through the paths he ignited throughout his career. ( Virgil Abloh die )