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Ghanaian-American Virgil Abloh has made history by becoming artistic director at Louis Vuitton, the first black man to hold the top position at the world’s largest luxury brand.
Abloh, who was born in Ghana and grew up in Illinois after his parents emigrated to the US, is breaking down entrenched color barriers in the lily-white world of fashion
The 37-year-old is one of three black designers ever at the top of a French heritage house, joining Olivier Rousteing at Balmain and Ozwald Boateng, former head of Givenchy menswear.Abloh, who has no formal fashion training and made his name as Kanye West’s right-hand man before taking the world by storm with his label Off-White, will now be directing menswear at the world’s biggest fashion house.
Like last year’s Supreme x Louis Vuitton collab, this is a sign that streetwear has officially broken through to the establishment. The mix of high-end and streetwear looks — something that Abloh has pioneered via Off-White — is now the norm, and is driving vast profits for certain sections of the industry. As is so often the case with Abloh’s work, the designer’s move to Vuitton has divided opinion. To some, it’s the dawn of a new era in fashion, to others, it’s a sad triumph of hype over originality.
“I feel elated,” Abloh said in an interview with the New York Times.
For the 37-year-old, the gig is the latest in a long list of greatness. Abloh first made his mark as creative director for Yeezy (the two once interned together for Fendi, earning $500 a month).
Abloh has since built on that with several of his own fashion brands and collaborations with everyone from New York City Ballet to Sunglasses Hut. Last year, he scooped Nike’s coveted “sneaker of the year.”
In between being draped with awards, the man still finds time to moonlight as a DJ.
In 2013, Abloh founded the Milan-based streetwear brand Off-White — so called because he believed old barriers in the rarefied world of fashion were falling — which quickly gained a cult-like status among style mavens and celebrities alike. Fans from Pusha T to Diddy were quick to celebrate Abloh on social media.