Virgil Abloh: How To Be Both

Virgil Abloh: How To Be Both is a new film for BBC Three, tracking the late designer's rise to the top of the fashion world. 

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When Virgil Abloh passed away in November 2021, the fashion world lost one of its most famous and promising designers. His cancer diagnosis had been kept private, and at just 41, the news came as a devastating shock to the world.

Virgil’s ascent from Kanye West’s right-hand man to artistic director of menswear at Louis Vuitton has made headlines already, immortalising him and his work, and it is this journey that Virgil Abloh: How To Be Both will shine a light on. 

Virgil Abloh at Louis Vuitton fashion show during Paris fashion week

Virgil Abloh and Kanye West at Louis Vuitton's show during Paris Fashion week

As well as the success of Virgil’s career, the documentary highlights some of his struggles, including criticism around claims of plagiarism. It also looks at his work founding a school, the role of race and social justice in his designs, and how his work influenced the emerging generation of designers and creatives.

Produced by whynow, contributors include Headie One, Benji B and Honey Dijon. 

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