Ghanaian designer alongside top designer brands, Virgil Abloh
• Virgil Abloh is the founder of the famous designer label Off-White
• Virgil holds a civil engineering degree and a master’s degree in architecture.
• He is the first American of African origin to be artistic director in a French luxury fashion house.
Virgil Abloh is a Ghanaian-American fashion designer, artist and DJ known for his influence in the fashion industry and is the director and founder of luxury streetwear brand Off-White.
He became artistic director of Louis Vuitton in 2018 and made his designer brand compete against Louis Vuitton, Prada and all the big names you can think of.
Big brands like Prada, Louis Vuitton, Channel, among others, find themselves in comfortable runways and hope not to find competition, but a new brand has surfaced ready to compete strongly.
The Off-White brand which has been trendy with a lot of counterfeits in the local markets has had its designs reproduced for people who cannot afford the original and as many will think it may not be fair. , it always promotes the Brad Off-White.
USA born Ghanaian Virgil Abloh made this dream possible and we cannot ignore his hard work and dedication to put himself on the map and effortlessly his hard work puts Ghana on the map as well.
According to his profile on kaikaikiki.com, Virgil Abloh, born September 30, 1980, has been the artistic director of the Louis Vuitton men’s collection since March 2018. He is also the CEO of the Milanese brand Off-White, a company of home fashion he founded in 2012.
The Illinois-born fashion designer after graduating with a civil engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison earned a master’s degree in architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
It was at the Illinois Institute of Technology that Abloh was introduced to a program established by Mies van der Rohe, formed from notions of the Bauhaus, which taught him to combine the fields of art, craftsmanship and design. These theories helped to merge with contemporary culture, constituting Abloh’s interdisciplinary practice today.
The architect by training also worked in Chicago street fashion, entered the world of international fashion with an internship at Fendi in 2009 alongside American rapper Kanye West. The two embarked on an artistic collaboration that launched Abloh’s career by launching Off-White. The first American of African origin to be artistic director in a French luxury fashion house. He was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018.
kaikaikiki.com reports that in 2017 Virgil Abloh won the International Designer of the Year award at the GQ Men of the Year Awards. In addition, Virgil Abloh’s NIKE “THE TEN” Air Jordan 1 won the shoe of the year at the FN Achievement Awards. Finally, Virgil Abloh won the Urban Luxe Brand Award at the British Fashion Awards.
Collaborations / Exhibitions
In 2016, Virgil Abloh launched his first “Gray Area” furniture collection (Milan, Italy).
At the end of 2016, Virgil Abloh organized an exhibition with the works (“free cubes”, “material table” and “trivision sign”), from his furniture collection for Design Miami at Art Basel (Miami, Florida).
In 2017, Virgil Abloh worked with Ben Kelly on a “SET” tour which was exhibited at the Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool, England) and then at Somerset House (London, United Kingdom). Virgil Abloh also collaborated with Ben Kelly on a new installation titled Ruin, which was shown at Store Studios (London, UK)
Virgil and Takashi Murakami collaborated on an exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery (London, United Kingdom).
For Spring / Summer, Virgil Abloh collaborated with Hans Ulrich Obrist on a presentation at the Serpentine Galleries (London, UK).
Later in the fall, Virgil Abloh presented his second furniture collection, titled Component Collection at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery (Paris, France).
Virgil Abloh in 2019 presented a work of art, where he revealed a new work alongside unreleased works from his past, at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, Illinois).
Remembering your roots
Virgil Abloh on some of his shows has sometimes made sure to integrate and pay tribute to his heritage on different platforms and Paris Fashion Week 2021 has been so many platforms. The highlights of some of his parades have been epic.
He also took part in the same show where he showed the flag of Ghana in some of his designs. He also paid a colorful tribute to Michael Jackson, as the music and clothing all included colorful references to the beloved pop icon.
The emphasis on Ghana in the outfits caught the public’s attention. Below are some of the Ghanaian infused looks from Abloh’s Fall 2019 collection for Louis Vuitton.