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Sneaker exhibit created by Virgil Abloh opens in New York

A sculpture of the late Virgil Abloh, founder of Off-White and menswear artistic director of Louis Vuitton, during an immersive exhibition featuring 47 limited editions of the Nike “Air Force 1” sneaker created by Virgil Abloh in partnership with Nike for Louis Vuitton

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  • Virgil Abloh’s latest works are displayed at a sneaker exhibition in New York.
  • 47 pairs of Louis Vuitton Nike Air Force 1 sneakers will be on display May 21-31 at the Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse in Brooklyn.
  • Abloh was the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection from 2018 until his death from cancer at age 41.

Late fashion designer Virgil Abloh is honored in an exhibit in New York featuring 47 pairs of Louis Vuitton Nike Air Force 1 sneakers he created before his death in November.

Nine shoes displayed in the immersive show will be available for purchase in June.

Abloh was the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection from 2018 until his death from cancer at age 41.

A replica of the turntable setup Abloh used as a DJ is featured, along with what organizers call “a magical treehouse symbolizing Virgil’s own childhood dreams.” Quotes from Abloh, who was also a visual artist, fill the room, with a floor of lights that create atmospheric patterns.

“He was one of a kind,” Elle.com associate editor Claire Stern said. “Not just in his creative skills, but in the way he broke down barriers in fashion. Racially, socio-economically, he let people in.”

Globe installations around New York promote the free exhibit, which runs May 21-31 at the Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse in Brooklyn.

A pair of shoes during an immersive exhibition

A pair of shoes during an immersive exhibit featuring 47 limited editions of the Nike “Air Force 1” sneaker created by Virgil Abloh in partnership with Nike for Louis Vuitton on May 20, 2022 at Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse in Brooklyn.

A pair of shoes during an immersive exhibition

A pair of shoes during an immersive exhibit featuring 47 limited editions of the Nike “Air Force 1” sneaker created by Virgil Abloh in partnership with Nike for Louis Vuitton on May 20, 2022 at Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse in Brooklyn.

A pair of shoes during an immersive exhibition

A pair of shoes during an immersive exhibit featuring 47 limited editions of the Nike “Air Force 1” sneaker created by Virgil Abloh in partnership with Nike for Louis Vuitton on May 20, 2022 at Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse in Brooklyn.

Shoes on display at an immersive exhibition sho

Shoes on display during an immersive exhibition featuring 47 Shoes on display during an immersive exhibition featuring 47 limited editions of the Nike “Air Force 1” sneaker created by Virgil Abloh in partnership with Nike for Louis Vuitton on May 20, 2022 at Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse in Brooklyn

A pair of shoes on display in an immersive exhibition

A pair of shoes on display during an immersive exhibition featuring 47 limited editions of the Nike “Air Force 1” sneaker created by Virgil Abloh in partnership with Nike for Louis Vuitton on May 20, 2022 at Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York.

“Virgil’s impact on our culture and the fashion world in particular has been tremendous,” Stern said. “I think this will be one of the first of many exhibits that will pay homage to him and his legacy, and his impact will be felt for generations to come.”

The exhibit comes after a Sotheby’s auction in February raised $25 million from the sale of some 200 Abloh Air Force One sneakers for a scholarship fund established in Abloh’s honor. to support budding designers of Black, African American or African descent.

Each of the sneakers contains the famous Nike swoosh in compositions across the color palette, with some also featuring custom details such as the flag of Ghana, a tribute to Abloh’s heritage, reports. AFP.

Another shoe contains the phrase “tourist versus purist”, an “ablohism” that the designer used to describe the relationship in art and culture between the expert/specialist (purist) and the general public (tourist).

In July 2021, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton gave Abloh the mandate to launch new brands and partner with existing ones in sectors other than fashion.