Virgil Abloh still feels the need to prove himself in fashion
Virgil Abloh is constantly trying to prove his younger self wrong with his unique creations.
The 36-year-old designer founded his label Off-White in 2013 and is also rapper Kanye West's creative director, with other accomplishments under his belt including a sneaker collaboration with Nike.
While he’s a roaring success in the industry, Abloh, who has degrees in architecture and engineering rather than fashion, still feels the need to show his worth in the world.
“I don’t come from where I’m supposed to come from,” he told W magazine. “So I have to prove that this is design, that this is art, that this is valid.
“I’m always trying to prove to my 17-year-old self that I can do creative things I thought weren’t possible. Everything I do references something that influenced me.”
Not everyone is a fan of his work though, including Riccardo Tisci, who previously dubbed Abloh’s designs “unoriginal”. The Italian fashion expert spent 12 years at label Givenchy before leaving in February (17), and there were recent reports that Abloh is being eyed up as the brand’s next creative director.
One person Abloh will always have the support of is Stronger musician Kanye. The pair has been working together for over a decade, with the stylish star recalling he and the rapper felt like outsiders at fashion events during their early days in the business.
“We got into about 60 per cent of the shows,” Abloh remembered. “We were a generation that was interested in fashion and weren’t supposed to be there. We saw this as our chance to participate and make current culture. In a lot of ways, it felt like we were bringing more excitement than the industry was.”