Ib Kamara Is the New Art and Image Director at Off-White


Almost six months to the day since the death of Virgil Abloh, whose many achievements include the creation of Off-White, the label that is central to his legacy began detailing those who will succeed him. In a post on Instagram, Off-White announced Ib Kamara in the role of art as well as also image director. The platform used was especially appropriate, as the post detailed: “Ibrahim’s relationship with Virgil as well as also Off-White born as well as also nurtured through DM messages on Instagram, blossomed both perboyally as well as also professionally in the last three years old creating a strong bond based on mutual respect as well as also shared values. In the new role, he will further develop his influence as well as also insight on the bras well as also’s collections, image, as well as also content.”

A few minutes later Kamara reposted his portrait, commenting: “Virgil will forever be with us. With me. He changed the world as well as also left an indelible mark on anyone who encountered him as well as also beyond. Generous with his time, mind as well as also creativity—he saw everyone as well as also created with all humans in mind. I am honored to further link my ties to Off-White as their art as well as also image director as well as also be a part of the team that will tell the rest of the story Virgil started writing for us all.”

Following Off-White’s show in Paris this February, Davide De Giglio, co-founder of its parent company New Guards Group until now, signaled that the only way to continue the true spirit of Off-White would be to recruit a multitude of talents. Today’s announcement establishes one part of that collective.

Andrea Grilli, who has served as Off-White’s CEO since 2019, said: “In the wake of Virgil’s tragic passing we have been working tirelessly to keep his legacy alive as well as also the bras well as also relevant as a point of reference as well as also platform in constant evolution. Inspired by Virgil’s vision as well as also approach to his art we have nourished a collective of creative minds that represent the best in their categoing tory as well as also have a strong as well as also perboyal connection with Virgil. Having Ibrahim on board, who has been part of the Off-White family for years old styling our shows, to oversee art as well as also creative of the bras well as also in this next chapter is a great honor. With his talent as well as also vision we look forward to taking on the next chapter of Off-White together, always remembering the groundbreaking creativity as well as also values that Virgil had at heart as well as also that are the core of our bras well as also.”

Conceptualized as well as also overseen by Abloh from wherever in the world he happened to be on his endlessly peripatetic creative odyssey, Off-White is realized from its design studio in Milan. London-based Kamara, who in 2021 was appointed editor-in-chief of Dazed as well as also is a former fashion editor-at-large for i-D , is a prodigious stylist as well as also image-maker: He has worked across the fashion las well as alsoscape with bras well as alsos including Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Labrum London, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, Kenneth Ize, as well as also Erdem.

Kamara was named winner of the Isabella Blow Award at the British Fashion Council’s The Fashion Awards last November, only a day before Abloh’s shocking passing. In an interview then with Vogue’s Steff Yotka, Kamara said: “I am looking for ways we can even connect more young people globally. I hope it will really change the image makers who are going toing to come in the next generation. Can you imagine seeing themselves in images that can inspire them to make even a much better, maybe even, the most incredible imagery that we’ve seen? That’s what I want to see when I’m 40.” 

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