LOUIS VUITTON NAMES ITS 1ST BLACK ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Virgil Abloh, founder of the high end newly popular Off-White streetwear brand, has been named as the next men’s wear artistic director for Louis Vuitton. Joining the ranks with Oliver Rousting and Ozwald Boatang, he is the first Black artistic director in the company’s history since being founded in Paris, France in 1854.
Hailing from Illinois, Virgil Abloh has worked with fashion powerhouses like Fendi, Nike, Jimmy Choo, and Moncler. Although it has been noted that Abloh has no “formal” fashion education, he has successfully worked to merge art and fashion in a way that has been controversial, political, and a breath of fresh air. With more luxury brands turning to streetwear, his style esthetic has been rooted in fashion that is not only relatable but also wearable.
The culture of Black streetwear has always made a name for itself and created its own lane. Fashion houses are finally acknowledging the influence and impact of Black innovation in the fashion industry. With the presence of social media, platforms like Instagram, Polyvore, and Pinterest have shined a new light on fashion for designers of color and created more access and opportunity than ever before. While Black fashion designers are still making firsts and have a long way to go, Abloh’s impact is expected to generate a new and necessary wave in fashion. 2017, was a huge streetwear year for Gucci, let’s see what the future of Abloh and Louis Vuitton have in store.
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