Off-White has appointed Ibrahim Kamara as the brand’s first Art and Image Director. The Dazed Editor-in-Chief confirmed the appointment on Saturday, April 30, in an Instagram post. After a career as a fashion director and stylist, the Sierra Leone-born designer worked closely with brand founder Virgil Abloh, who died of cancer last November.
“Virgil will forever be with us. With me. He changed the world and left an indelible mark on anyone who encountered him and beyond. Generous with his time, mind and creativity – he saw everyone and created with all humans in mind. I am honored to further link my ties to Off-White as their Art & Image Director and be a part of the team that will tell the rest of the story Virgil started writing for us all,” Kamara said in a statement.
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Off-White’s CEO Andrea Grilli shared that Kamara has been a long-time member of the Off-White family, involved in the styling of numerous fashion shows. Kamara is also a former editor-in-chief of Dazed and fashion editor-at-large at i-D.
“In the wake of Virgil’s tragic passing we have been working tirelessly to keep his legacy alive and the brand relevant as a point of reference and platform in constant evolution,” Grilli shared in a statement. “Inspired by Virgil’s vision and approach to his art we have nourished a collective of creative minds that represent the best in their category and have a strong and personal connection with Virgil. Having Ibrahim on board, who has been part of the Off-White™ family for years styling our shows, to oversee art and creative of the brand in this next chapter is a great honor.” Ibrahim Kamara Off-White
Per Off-White, Kamara’s role will oversee the brand’s artistic direction and “further develop his influence and insight on the brand’s collections, image, and content,” the company said.
Kamara has worked closely with Abloh for over three years and styled many of his shows, including Off-White Fall/Winter 2022 and Abloh’s Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2022 and Spring/Summer 2022 shows.
Raised in Gambia, Kamara moved to London at the age of 11. An alumni of Central Saint Martins, he exhibited at Somerset House as part of the exhibition ‘Utopian voices here and now ‘. He began his career at Kenzo, before being appointed fashion editor at fashion bible i-D. In addition to consultancies, he also collaborated with Burberry and Ricardo Tisci on its fashion shows. Ibrahim Kamara Off-White
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