A sneaker exhibition created by Virgil Abloh opens in New York

The late fashion designer Virgil Abloh is honored at a New York exhibition with 47 pairs of Louis Vuitton Nike Air Force 1 sneakers he designed before his death in November.

Nine shoes on display in the immersive show will be available for purchase in June. Abloh was artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s men’s collection from 2018 until his death from cancer at the age of 41.

A replica of the turntable setup Abloh used as a DJ will be unveiled along with what the organizers call “a magical tree house symbolizing Virgil’s own childhood dreams”. Quotations from Abloh, who was also a visual artist, fill the space with a floor of lights creating atmospheric patterns. “He was one of a kind,” said Elle.com Associate Editor Claire Stern. “Not just in his creative skills, but in how he broke down barriers in fashion. Racist and socio-economic, he let people in.”

Installations of globes throughout New York City will promote the free exhibit, taking place May 21-31 at Brooklyn’s Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse. “Virgil’s impact on our culture, and the fashion world in particular, has been tremendous,” Stern said. “I think this will be one of the first of many exhibits honoring him and his legacy, and its impact will be felt for generations to come.”

In July 2021, LVMH mandated Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Abloh to launch new brands and collaborate with existing brands in sectors other than fashion.

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