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Robin Givhan to Write Virgil Abloh Book

The Pulitzer Prize-winning critic will use the late designer’s life story to illuminate how Black American culture has influenced everything from sports to music to fashion.
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Over the course of her career, Washington Post senior critic-at-large Robin Givhan has become one of the US’ leading cultural voices, and the only one to centre fashion and its role as a tool for communication in her commentary. Now, Givhan will apply her unique vantage point to a book about late designer Virgil Abloh.

“Make it Ours,” to be published by Crown, a subsidiary of Penguin Random House, will cover “how Black American culture, driven by hip-hop, street style and sports, collided with the grand old bastions of high luxury to democratise fashion, create a new global vernacular for state and transform the way each of us constructs our identity through what we wear,” using Abloh’s rise a framing device, according to a blurb in the trade publication Publisher’s Marketplace. (The endlessly influential Off-White™ founder and Louis Vuitton men’s creative director passed away in November 2021 after a battle with cancer.)

Givhan’s previous book, “The Battle of Versailles,” tracked the rise of American ready-to-wear in the 1970s, and how the move away from couture upended the industry.

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