There’s no doubt that Virgil Abloh is changing the game. What I love most about him is that he doesn’t let anyone put him in a “box.” These days, everyone wants to classify you as something – are you an artist? Blogger? Fashion designer? Musician? Motivational speaker? Writer? Pick one and stick with it, it’s who you are.
I’ve always had an issue with this. Being the type of person who likes to do a lot of different things… what I want, when I want, I don’t want to be labeled as just one thing. To me, all that does is create limitations and creative barriers. In fact, I think the more things you dip your toes into, the more you learn about yourself – your likes, your dislikes, strengths, weaknesses – and you can carry these lessons throughout all different areas of your life, making you a more well-rounded person.
Sure, as you’re getting started in a certain career path, maybe it’s better to put all your energy towards just one thing, but as that starts to grow and develop, what’s wrong with stepping outside of the lines? Virgil Abloh is a prime example of this.
Former Fendi intern (where he met and became friends with Kanye), creator of Off-White high-end streetwear, artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear line, DJ, artist, he even collaborated with Ikea (yes, the furniture store)… He’s truly a leader in changing the fashion world and what it means to be an artist. I could go on but if you want a full bio on Virgil, I suggest Google. The point is, there are no boundaries for Virgil, and that’s what inspires me most about him. He doesn’t play by the rules of having to be only one thing. He lets his ideas speak creatively through all different forms of art, from forming new conceptual ideas around clothing + fashion, to creating album cover artwork, to playing music in front of a crowd of thousands of people, and just about everything in between.
His “Figures of Speech” exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago exemplifies just that. Lucky for me, I got to check it out during my recent trip to Chicago. The exhibit highlights his eclectic career, beginning with his early work and first clothing line – Pyrex Vision. You get a glimpse into the pivotal moments and influences that shaped him into the multifaceted person he is today through his background and work in architecture, fashion, music, and art. I couldn’t help but to leave feeling inspired to continue to dream, push boundaries, and create art on my own terms.
Highly recommend checking out the exhibit, open until September 29, 2019 at MCA Chicago.
What do you think about Virgil Abloh and his contributions to fashion, art, and culture? Have you been to “Figures of Speech”? Drop a comment below!