When Vigil Abloh was named artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear in 2018, the iconoclast made history as the first African-American to have creative control over the maison. Throughout his tenure, Abloh helped pave the way for a new generation of creatives who previously felt excluded from the world of high fashion. His untimely passing due to a private battle with heart cancer in November of last year shocked the industry and left a hole that Louis Vuitton has yet to fill. Abloh’s legacy is defined by his longstanding creative collaborations and his irreverent designs that challenged long-held notions of Parisian fashion. Nearly two years since his passing, Louis Vuitton is celebrating his groundbreaking tenure with a book published by Assouline.
Louis Vuitton: Virgil Abloh puts the spotlight on the short yet captivating journey of Virgil Abloh’s time at the revered house. Keeping in line with Abloh’s design ethos, the tome was written by close collaborator and fashion critic Anders Christian Madsen. A stunning profile of the boundary-breaking designer the book is divided into chapters charting the process behind his menswear collections and shows. Madsen expertly dissects the many inspirations and references from the design mastermind including his love for The Wizard of Oz, hip-hop culture, and playful references to childhood including toy-like accoutrement on his signature long-line tailoring. The impressive hardback is also supplemented by praise from industry greats like Naomi Campbell and Bernard Arnault.
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