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Celebrities, Designers and Brands Pay Tribute to Virgil Abloh

The streetwear and fashion pioneer died of cancer at the age of 41.

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Celebrities, Designers and Brands Pay Tribute to Virgil Abloh

The streetwear and fashion pioneer died of cancer at the age of 41.

On November 28, Off-White™ founder and Louis Vuitton Men’s artistic director Virgil Abloh died of cancer, which he had been battling in private since he was diagnosed in 2019.

Along with Off-White™, LVMH was one of the first to release an official statement. The company’s CEO, Bernard Arnault, said: “We are all shocked by this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer and a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom. The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow and we are all thinking of his loved ones on the passing of their husband, father, brother, son and friend.”

Since the news broke out, Abloh’s friends from the fashion and entertainment industries have been paying tribute to him on Instagram and Twitter, sharing their fondest memories of the fashion legend and culture mover.

Hailey Bieber shared a photo of herself wearing her custom Off-White™ wedding dress from 2019 with the designer. “Virgil completely changed the way I looked at street style and fashion, the way he looked at things inspired me deeply,” the model shared. Dior and Fendi‘s artistic director Kim Jones posted an old still of him and Abloh expressing his grief: “So sad to hear about the passing of dear Virgil one of the kindest people you could meet, many great times spent travelling the world and hanging out in hotel rooms working on the floor and going through Japanese magazines and laughing and talking about ideas.”

Gucci extended its heartfelt condolences to Abloh’s loved ones and expressed that “he will be deeply missed, though his vision will live on through the trails that he blazed throughout his career.” On the other side of the world, international K-pop group BTS, also known as Louis Vuitton’s global brand ambassadors, said that it was an honor to work with Abloh and called him “a true creative genius.” Meanwhile, Kanye West dedicated his latest Sunday Service installment to Abloh, where the choir performed their own rendition of Adele‘s “Easy On Me.” The medley was followed by a message that read: “IN LOVING MEMORY OF VIRGIL ABLOH, THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF DONDA.”

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