Virgil Abloh, American designer and entrepreneur, is dead at 41

For over two years he battled a rare, aggressive form of cancer.

Regarded as one of the most influential personalities in the fashion world, Mr. Abloh’s work has been celebrated in exhibitions at major institutions around the world, including “Figures of Speech” by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

American designer and entrepreneur Virgil Abloh has passed away. He was 41. A post on the Instagram page of the designer said “We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend.”

Regarded as one of the most influential personalities in the fashion world, Mr. Abloh’s work has been celebrated in exhibitions at major institutions around the world, including “Figures of Speech” by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

For over two years he “battled a rare, aggressive form of cancer, cardiac angiosarcoma. He chose to endure his battle privately since his diagnosis in 2019, undergoing numerous challenging treatments, all while helming several significant institutions that span fashion, art, and culture.”

In 2013 he founded Off-White, the brand that brings together seasonal collections of men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, furniture and publications that translated his cultural vision. With a studio based in Milan, the label offered a global perspective on design and trends. In 2018 he was appointed Men’s Artistic Director for Louis Vuitton.

“Through it all, his work ethic, infinite curiosity, and optimism never wavered. Virgil was driven by his dedication to his craft and to his mission to open doors for others and create pathways for greater equality in art and design. He often said, ‘Everything I do is for the 17-year-old version of myself,’ believing deeply in the power of art to inspire future generations” reads the Instagram post commemorating the designer.

Gianmaria Biancuzzi is Executive Editor of Milano Art Guide. He writes a column on photography for Exibart and previously he reported for Zero.eu from 2016 to 2020. He is the creator and co-curator of the best-selling “The Colouring Book” published by 24OreCultura in 2020.