- Virgil Abloh passed away, aged 41, on November 28 following a battle with cancer.
- The Off-White founder and Louis Vuitton artistic director played a key role in bringing streetwear mainstream.
- He designed memorable looks worn by celebrities including Solange, Rihanna, and Hailey Bieber.
“We are all shocked after this terrible news,” LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault said in the statement. “Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom.”
Abloh was named Louis Vuitton’s artistic director for menswear in 2018. As Business Insider previously reported, this made him one of the few Black people to lead a top fashion house and the first Black American to lead a French one.
Here are 12 of his most iconic fashion moments with celebrities over the years.
Campbell reflected fondly on the moment in an Instagram post following the news of his death.
“Today is not the end it’s the beginning of your beautiful and young legacy,” Campbell wrote. “You always said you were an engineer and Architect can’t wait to see what you have in store for the world .this side and the other … It was an honor to walk for you.”
Following his death, she shared an Instagram post highlighting Abloh’s influence on her personal life and the world of fashion.
“V taught me and all of us a very important lesson, although he knew he had only so long, he was bright, he was kind & he was full of love. we all need a little bit of Virgil in us. he leaves us with his influence, to create and change the world. you did just that Virg,” she wrote.
Odell mourned the loss of the fashion visionary on Twitter.
“I wish we lived in a world where we could celebrate the living instead of celebrating them when they leave,” Beckham wrote. “Rest In Peace to my brother Virgil ! You were loved.”
Hadid also shared her shock at Abloh’s passing in a heartfelt Instagram post on November 28.
“The way he made a positive impact on anything he touched, and always pushed for his culture/the world is the reason why he was an angel on earth and one to so many,” she wrote. “The most beautiful warrior soul. I can’t believe this.”
Bieber shared a tribute to the designer on Instagram following the news of his death.
“Virgil completely changed the way I looked at street style and fashion, the way he looked at things inspired me deeply,” she wrote. “I will never be able to fully express how grateful I am to have known him and worked with him, from walking on his runways to having him design my wedding dress and all the other amazing moments in between, I felt he was always rooting for me.”
Following his death, Hadid shared her devastation at the news, as well as condolences for his family, in a touching Instagram post.
“You will continue to inspire me every day, V,” she wrote. “I feel blessed and honored by every moment. Rest Easy, my friend. You are so loved. You were the difference.”
This was Off-White’s last show before the designer’s death.