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Posthumous exhibition from Virgil Abloh opens at Brooklyn Museum

Virgil Abloh at work. (Photo: Hanna García Fleer)
Virgil Abloh at work. (Photo: Hanna García Fleer)

Before his death late last year, star designer Virgil Abloh was working on an exhibition of his works – an exhibition that is now finally opening at the Brooklyn Museum in New York.

The show highlights the late fashion industry icon’s far-reaching portfolio, which fetched tens of thousands at auction, with a selection of clothes, installations, furniture, music and videos.

Virgil Abloh at work. (Photo: Hanna García Fleer)

The US fashion designer, architect and entrepreneur was the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection beginning in 2018.

Abloh pieces have become prized possessions in the fashion scene, particularly after the designer’s death, and a series of Nike shoes designed by him fetched a total of $US25 million at auction in February.

Originally developed by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Abloh’s hometown of Chicago, the show Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech” is the first museum exhibition to focus on the designer’s work, the Brooklyn Museum announced.

Virgil Abloh at work. (Photo: Hanna García Fleer)

The exhibition, which is to be on view until January 29, 2023, has been in the works for around three years, and Abloh himself had been helping to curate the show before he died of cancer in November at the age of 41. The aim is to celebrate his “explosive talent”, said museum director Anne Pasternak.

The Brooklyn Museum, which opened in 1887, is the second largest exhibition space in New York. It houses natural science and ethnological collections as well as design and art of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

You can read more about “Figures of Speech” and other fashion exhibitions taking place around the world this year in the winter issue of STYLE, on sale now.

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