Did you know Virgil Abloh helped design these iconic album covers?

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  • Fashion designer Virgil Abloh died at the age of 41 after a private battle with cancer.
  • Not only was he an icon in the world of fashion, Virgil also had a hand in designing some of the most iconic rap album covers.
  • From Kanye West and Jay-Z's Watch the Throne, to A$AP Rocky's debut album, take a look at some of the covers Virgil helped create.


The fashion world took a huge knock on Sunday with the loss of designer Virgil Abloh.

Virgil died after a private battle with cancer. He was 41.

Not only did he play a huge part in modern fashion, as the CEO of Off-White and the artistic director of Louis Vuitton's menswear collection, Virgil also had a hand in some of the biggest rap album covers. 

Here's a look at some of the covers he helped design. 

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Credited as the art director for this project, Virgil enlisted George Condo to paint the iconic designs for Kanye's 2010 album. Designs included a ballerina painting, a head with a sword through it, and a painting of a nude armless phoenix which was reportedly banned by retail giant Target.

Lil Uzi Vert - Luv is Rage 2

Another iconic cover design is for Lil Uzi Vert's Luv is Rage 2. The black and white cover, designed by Virgil, features large strips of Off-White tape running across it.

Kanye West and Jay-Z's Watch the Throne

This gold album cover was one of Virgil's most famous album designs. According to Complex, Virgil secured designer Riccardo Tisci, Givenchy's then-creative director, to create the cover. Virgil would go on to receive a Grammy nomination for Best Recording Package for his work. 

Kanye West - Yeezus

Without saying anything, this clear album cover said so much. Kanye reportedly went through many designs before landing on this minimalistic cover.

The idea came to Virgil after visiting a popular New York City magazine shop. He decided to make something that looked like a handmade collage with tape and paper cutouts, which led to the clear case with red tape. 

According to Complex, Virgil described the cover as an "open casket", marking the death of the physical CD format. The cover is one of Kanye's most iconic to date.

A$AP Rocky - Long. Live. A$AP

Virgil is also credited as creative director for A$AP Rocky's debut album, Long. Live. A$AP.

And though the actual cover art was designed by Joe Perez, Virgil is credited with coming up with the concept for A$AP's Fashion Killa video.

See all the covers mentioned in this Instagram post below:


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