Late fashion designer Virgil Abloh is honored in an exhibit in New York, featuring 47 pairs of Louis Vuitton Nike Air Force 1 sneakers he created before his death in November.
Nine shoes displayed in the immersive show will be available for purchase in June.
Abloh, a close associate of Kanye West, was the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection from 2018 until his death from cancer at 41. He was responsible for bringing streetwear and a less elite approach to the world of luxury.
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A replica of the turntable setup Abloh used as a DJ is featured, along with what organizers call “a magical treehouse symbolizing Virgil’s own childhood dreams.” Quotes from Abloh, who was also a visual artist, fill the room, with a floor of lights that create atmospheric patterns.
“He was one of a kind,” Elle.com associate editor Claire Stern said. “Not just in his creative skills, but in the way he broke down barriers in fashion. Racially, socio-economically, he let people in.”
Globe installations around New York promote the free exhibit, which runs through May 31 at Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse in Brooklyn.
“Virgil’s impact on our culture and the fashion world in particular has been tremendous,” Stern said. “I think this will be one of the first of many exhibits that will pay homage to him and his legacy, and his impact will be felt for generations to come.”
In July 2021, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton gave Abloh the mandate to launch new brands and partner with existing ones in sectors other than fashion.
The show comes after a Sotheby’s auction in February raised $25 million from the sale of some 200 Abloh Air Force One sneakers for a scholarship fund established in Abloh’s honor. to support budding creators of Black, African American or African descent.
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