Virgil Abloh Addresses Accusation of Appropriation & More in the Fashion Industry

Virgil Abloh has opened up about his rise in the fashion industry, his struggles, and more.

Recall that the 38-year-old first once worked as the creative director for Kanye West’s DONDA agency, before he went on to pursue clothing design. In 2012, he launched his Pyrex Vision brand and his Off-White label in the following year.

He collaborated with big names and brands, and it wasn’t long before he was appointed as the first black artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear.

Now, one of the famous names in the industry, Abloh has opened up in a new interview with Vogue about his journey and more.

About his struggles:

“At the time I thought you were only good if you’re Margiela or Rei Kawakubo. And I was struggling because that’s not me. I was very well aware that as a fashion designer, I was a square peg in a round hole. It’s like someone who is really messy and tries to clean their place up to throw a dinner party. Everything is in order, but then you go to the bathroom and you’re like, Why is there a cereal box in the bathtub?”

About his decision to stay true to himself:

“That became when I owned the thing. With that, I could sleep at night. I just needed to check. I already had my plan anyway. But sometimes you need to rearrange the furniture in your head.”

About accusations of appropriation he had faced:

“That way of designing—to develop everything from zero—comes from a different time. For me, design is about whatever I find is worthy to tell a story about. I don’t believe that culture benefits from the idea that this line on a piece of paper has never been drawn in this exact way ever before. My goal is to highlight things—that’s why I collaborate a lot, that’s why I reference a lot, and that’s what makes my body of work what it is.”

You can check out Abloh’s full interview here.

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