Talented Designer Virgil Abloh Died and Hailey Bieber, Hadid Sisters, Kendall Jenner, and Other Celebrities Pay Tribute to Him

Virgil Abloh, creative director for the Louis Vuitton men’s line and founder of the Off-White brand, died of rare cancer at the age of 41. The popular designer hid his diagnosis, so for most people, his death was a huge surprise.

During his lifetime, Abloh’s work evoked violent emotions, but even his critics admitted that Abloh was one of the most popular and influential designers of his generation.

Virgil Abloh was a designer, but his work was also outside the catwalk, as he was also a music producer, DJ, and even an architect.

Abloh was born to an immigrant family in Rockford, Illinois, and received his civil engineering and architecture education.

He started his career in the music business. Abloh was the creative director for Kanye West and his ad agency Donda, and later was the art director for Kanye’s collaborative album with Jay-Z, Watch the Throne.

In 2013, Abloh created his own brand, Off-White. He also entered into collaborations with other global brands such as Nike, Ikea.

In 2018, Abloh became the creative director of Louis Vuitton (men’s direction), and Time magazine included him in the list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Today, Abloh’s work is remembered by many of his colleagues and friends in the fashion industry.

Abloh was the designer of Hailey Bieber’s wedding dress and it was he who placed the inscription “Till death do us part” on the veil of the model.

Abloh was the designer of Hailey Bieber's wedding dress
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“Virgil completely changed the way I looked at street style and fashion, the way he looked at things inspired me deeply. 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. He was someone who always brought life, charisma, love and fun to any situation, and every room he walked into. A once in a generation creative mind that is so rare and I’ll never forget his impact. We love you Virgil.”


Bella Hadid also recalls her collaboration with Virgil.

bella hadid
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Im at a loss .. He was someone to everyone. That was the magic power he held. He made every person he came across feel special in whatever way he possibly could. Even when the world felt sad, he brought laughter and color and beauty. 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. The most beautiful warrior soul. I can’t believe this.

You broke boundaries and made everything your own. You shared your love infinitely. The way your brain worked was beyond anything , and the way you did every single thing in life for your family, friends, and for the better .. . We’re gonna miss you a lot V . You really saw me and supported me on every level. As you did to so many of us. An ethereal light. You always inspired to keep pushing, work hard and be kind. No matter what. I’m thinking about, sending love and prayers to his beautiful Shannon, their kids, and the rest of the Abloh family. I’m devastated. You will be so missed and cherished V. “FOR INFINITY..” Fly high my Libra brother. I know you’re watching over the world now . I love you for life . #FUCKCANCER


Her sister, Gigi, also expressed her sadness for the designer.

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“I am heartbroken by the loss of my dear friend, and a friend to the world, Virgil Abloh. He was 1 of 1. His kindness and energetic generosity left a lasting impression on every life he touched— he made everyone feel seen and special. He will be deeply missed, cherished, and celebrated by me and all the people and industries that have been lucky enough to work around & know the true supernova behind this man.
I picture him now like our Mickey Mouse .. forever with us, forever adored, forever magical, forever guiding us with that special Virgil FUN; I’m sure that’s how he wanted to be remembered, but still it will never be the same without him in the room.
You will continue to inspire me every day, V. I feel blessed and honored by every moment. Rest Easy, my friend. You are so loved. You were the difference. As we always said.. “See you somewhere, soon™️” Sending my deepest condolences, light, and strength to Shannon, their kids, and his whole family.”


Kendall Jenner joined the sad memories of Albo.

Kendall and Virgil
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“I can’t believe I’m writing this. if you had the privilege of knowing Virgil, you were one of the lucky ones. he was the kindest, most positive, humble, joyful, and full of light person i have ever known. he had the most wonderful way of making you feel so special. his genuine smile would warm your heart. to battle his illness privately perfectly explains the type of man he was, he never wanted anyone to worry about him.
we have lost a dear friend. no words do my feelings justice at this very moment, but what i can say is that i am absolutely heartbroken. for his family, his kids, his wife, and anyone who cared for him deeply.
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. our angel here on earth, is now above us.
i love you V!!! i will miss you V. i am blessed to have been touched by your energy. i know you’re setting all the best vibes up there. rest peacefully and powerfully beautiful Virgil. till next time”


Donatella Versace also expressed her sadness for the talented designer.

Donatella Versace
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“Virgil, I am lost for words. The world has lost a fashion superstar. An innovator. A creator for the history books. I am thinking of all your loved ones on this tragic day. Love, Donatella”


Virgil Abloh has a wife and two children. He did not live only two days before his new show. On November 30, the spring-summer collection of Louis Vuitton, which Abloh created, was to be presented in Miami. And it became known that the LVMH concern decided not to cancel the defile and name the show in Virgil’s honor.

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