Fashion Designer: Virgil Abloh is an American fashion designer who is the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s men’s wear collection. He is also CEO of the Milan-based label Off-White, a fashion house he founded in 2013. He entered the world of fashion with an internship at Fendi in 2009 alongside rapper Kanye West. The two began an artistic collaboration that would launch Abloh’s career into founding Off-White.
Cult Following: Virgil Abloh is immersed in pop culture and has 3.7 million followers on Instagram.
Special Features: The book includes a recording on a flexi disk that’s exclusively available only here. The special edition will include the image and text portions from the regular trade edition of the book, but will have a different front cover and spine, edge printing, and special packaging.
Exhibition: The book accompanies an exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Jun 8-Sep 22, 2019.
Contributors: The book includes contributions by key voices in art, fashion, design, and architecture, including Taiye Selasi, Lou Stoppard, Michael Rock, Samir Bantal, Rem Koolhaas, and Anja Aronowsky Cronberg.
“The show’s hefty, excellent catalog embraces this spirit, deploying a titillating level of detail.”–The New York Times
“When Virgil Abloh breathes, his CO2 is practically up on eBay the next day — so we imagine his new book, Figures of Speech… won’t be long for this world.” –New York Magazine
“The work of Off-White designer Virgil Abloh is documented in this stylish, special edition book that captures everything from street culture to high fashion.”—Paper
“Figures of Speech is packed with 1,932 images and a number of essays which discuss race, contemporary art history, streetwear and more. Altogether, the Prestel-produced book spans 496 pages and features a fittingly minimalist hardback cover.”–HypeBeast
“…the object that is really worth coveting is the book. More than a simple catalog it’s a 500 page User’s Manual to his career.” –Core77
“Expect it to fly off the shelves like freshly baked cookies” —Buro
“Designer and creative director Virgil Abloh has a new coffee table book you’ll want to make space for in your living room. A particularly cool addition to your coffee table or bookshelf…" –AIROWS
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