From the numerous collaborative projects under the Off-White label to his menswear creations at Louis Vuitton, DJ and designer Virgil Abloh has been on a roll in the past few years, so much so that Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) is hosting a three-month exhibition to celebrate him and his work. “We’re very interested in art participants that are very broad and multidisciplinary,” said Michael Darling, MCA’s chief curator, in a interview with WWD. “He fits that mold that doesn’t fit boundaries and is exploring all these different fields. That’s really an interest to us.”
Titled Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech, the retrospective, which opens from 8 June through 22 September, will trace Abloh’s career from his works for Donda and Kanye West’s creative agency, to Pyrex Vision and Been Trill, the two brands he founded during his early attempts at high fashion. Of course, there will also be a focus on Abloh’s cult label Off-White, including his furniture collection with Ikea. The exhibition will also touch on Abloh’s music and how he translates it into art and design. “Virgil has helped us recognise how fashion has become a central hub for contemporary culture,” Darling continues. “It seems like art, music and design flows through fashion. We’re in a cultural moment where fashion is this common ground. People are using fashion to express themselves and all these disciplines are coming together in the realm of fashion.”
To make it even more worthwhile for global fans traveling all the way to Chicago for the exhibition, Abloh has designed an all-orange Louis Vuitton capsule collection set to be sold exclusively at a pop-up store located on West Randolph Street. Available for a month from 8 June, these limited edition creations include a pair of low-top sneakers, leather baseball cap, chunky sunglasses, chained leather belt, soft trunk bag and also a backpack, all to be sold alongside select pieces from Louis Vuitton’s Fall/Winter 2019 collection. More interested in Off-White pieces? No problem. Church & State, a store inside MCA, will offer best-selling Off-White pieces as well as new, exclusive items inspired by the exhibition for fans to snatch up.
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