Designer Virgil Abloh, who changed the fashion game, dies aged 41

See photos of designer Virgil Abloh, who has died aged 41.

Virgil Abloh, the New York-based designer who turned Off-White into the rare fashion brand to do better business outside of the United States, has died at the age of 41.

Abloh’s childhood took him from a working-class family in Chicago to the elite schools of the city’s elite, including Chicago’s Latin School, where he met Kanye West.

Known for his attention to detail and creative design, Abloh launched his label Off-White in 2014 after working as Kanye West’s design assistant. He joined Louis Vuitton last year, and as its first artistic director appeared on billboards around the world to give a powerful reimagining of the brand’s iconic LV monogram.

Last month, he teased his first fashion show for Louis Vuitton, set to take place in Paris on March 6, under the hashtag #VabTonVOLIII.

Volt and Off-White collaborations at Marc Jacobs’ shows have quickly become such blockbusters that the fashion designer vowed that both brands would never collaborate with another fashion house again.

Abloh also released a limited-edition painting and short film called “Black Satin” to promote a capsule collection of black and white dresses last year, and wrote a book of essays called Superflat in 2016.

His death was first reported by Women’s Wear Daily.

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