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Virgil Abloh meant a lot of things to a lot of people. Through his work at Off-White and Louis Vuitton, his many collaborations, his outreach and his prolific work outside of fashion, he was a creative force who touched many. 

Abloh died on Sunday following a private battle with cancer, the news of his passing announced both on his personal Instagram account and by LVMH, parent company to Louis Vuitton, where he was most recently artistic director of menswear collections. (The luxury conglomerate had also recently acquired a majority stake in Off-White.) Many in the fashion industry began mourning the prolific creative online, sharing their memories and experience with Abloh publicly. 

"I am lost for words," wrote Donatella Versace. "The world has lost a fashion superstar. An innovator. A creator for the history books. I am thinking of all your loved ones on this tragic day."

Kim Jones called Abloh "one of the kindest people you could meet," and remembered "many great [times] spent traveling the world and hanging out in hotel rooms working in the floor and going through Japanese magazines and laughing and talking about ideas."  

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"Virgil Abloh changed the fashion industry," said Edward Enninful. "Famously prolific, he always worked for a greater cause than his own illustrious career: to open the door to art and fashion for future generations, so that they — unlike himself — would grow up in a creative world with people to mirror themselves in." 

From colleagues to collaborators to muses, see how the fashion industry is honoring the life and legacy of Abloh.

Tom Ford, designer and chairman of the CFDA

Jerry Lorenzo, designer, founder of Fear of God

Kim Jones, designer, creative director of Dior Men, creative director of Fendi

Donatella Versace, designer

Aurora James, designer, founder of Brother Vellies and of the Fifteen Percent Pledge

Alessandro Michele, designer, creative director of Gucci

Sergio Hudson, designer

Stella McCartney, designer

Jameel Mohammed, designer, founder of Khiry

Pierpaolo Piccioli, designer, creative director of Valentino

Victor Glemaud, designer, founder of In the Black

Michael Kors, designer

Simon Porte Jacquemus, designer, founder of Jacquemus

Ryan Roche, designer

Prabal Gurung, designer

Marc Jacobs, designer

Amina Muaddi, designer

Rhuigi Villaseñor, designer, founder of Rhude

Kenneth Nicholson, designer

Maria Grazia Chiuri, designer, creative director of Dior

Abrima Erwiah and Rosario Dawson, founders of Studio 189

Gigi Hadid

Pharrell Williams

Yara Shahidi

Hailey Bieber


Tracee Ellis Ross

Kris Jenner

Bella Hadid

Amanda Gorman

Odell Beckham, Jr.

Adut Akech


Michèle Lamy 

Alton Mason

Joan Smalls

Reese Laflare

Kendall Jenner

Winnie Harlow

Kaia Gerber

Edward Enninful, OBE, editor-in-chief of British Vogue, European editorial director of Vogue

Carine Roitfeld, editor, founder of CR Fashion Book

Samira Nasr, editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar

Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, editor, stylist

Nina García, editor-in-chief of Elle

Ade Samuel, stylist

Imran Amed, founder and CEO of Business of Fashion

Kimberly Drew, curator, author

Karla Welch, stylist

Kimberly Jenkins, historian, founder of The Fashion and Race Database

Eva Chen, head of fashion partnerships at Instagram

Pierre A. M'Pelé, head of editorial content of GQ France

Zadrian Smith, stylist

Antoine Gregory, founder of Black Fashion Fair

Calyann Barnett, stylist

Scott Schuman, photographer, founder of The Sartorialist

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