Model Hailey Baldwin paid tribute to fashion designer Virgil Abloh whose death was announced on Sunday, sharing behind-the-scenes photos of the wedding dress he designed.
Ms Baldwin, often known as Hailey Bieber after marrying pop star Justin Bieber, said on Instagram on Sunday that Abloh had “changed the way [she] looked “street style and fashion.
Abloh, a fashion designer and star DJ who took charge of men’s fashion at Luis Vuitton, died Sunday morning at the age of 41 after several years of battling rare and aggressive cancer.
Longtime Kanye West collaborator designed an off-the-shoulder lace wedding dress and veil for Ms Baldwin’s secret wedding in 2018, with her trademark in all caps spelling out “‘TIL DEATH DO US PART'” on its long tail.
Ms Baldwin said: “Virgil completely changed the way I think about street style and fashion; the way he looked at things inspired me deeply. I will never be able to fully express how grateful I am to have him. known and worked with him.
“From stepping on his catwalks to asking him to design my wedding dress and all the other amazing moments in between, I felt he was still rooting me.”
“He was someone who always brought life, charisma, love and fun to any situation and to every room he walked into. A creative spirit unique in a generation that is so rare … I will never forget its impact. We love you Virgil. “
The 25-year-old model, who is the daughter of actor Stephen Baldwin and niece of Alec Baldwin, also posted photos showing her arm in arm with Abloh in a staging area as they walk around modeling the dress.
Celebrities from the worlds of fashion, music and show business paid tribute to Abloh and his family on Sunday, including musician Pharrell, actor Idris Elba and British rapper AJ Tracey.
Bernard Arnault, boss of the French fashion holding company which owns Luis Vuitton, hailed him as “not only a visionary but a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom”.