How Virgil Abloh married his childhood sweetheart Shannon after meeting at school

Renowned menswear designer Virgil Abloh is married to his childhood sweetheart, and the way he proposed is incredibly romantic.

Abloh, 41, first black art director at Louis Vuitton, tragic passed away this weekend after two years of fighting a rare heart cancer.

Virgil Abloh and his wife, Shannon, married in 2009


Virgil Abloh and his wife, Shannon, married in 2009Credit: Getty
Virgil and Shannon with their sister


Virgil and Shannon with their sisterCredit: Getty
Shannon posed with the couple's two children


Shannon posed with the couple’s two childrenCredit: Getty

Despite her high reputation in the fashion world, not much is known about Abloh’s private life.

He was married his childhood sweetheart, Shannon, an American program director at Monster.

The couple got married in 2009 after 10 years of dating.

They are said to have met at school before going to Wisconsin to attend college.

Shannon studied management and marketing at Edgewood College, while Abloh studied civil engineering at the University of Wisconsin before transferring to a Master of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Shannon told Inside Weddings that she was completely surprised when Abloh proposed to her after a decade of flirting.

The famous fashion designer is said to have asked his future wife to drive him to the airport before a business trip.

After getting out of the car and going around the driver’s seat, she found Abloh on her knees waiting for her.

“I’m absolutely amazed – I can’t believe it!” she told the store.

Shannon also shared that the couple wrote their own vows, and was shocked to learn they had similar feelings to share.

“The funny part is that we wrote them separately – and didn’t share them with each other – but they were very similar,” she said.


Abloh passed away after quietly battling cancer since 2019.

Born in Illinois in 1980, Abloh is both an architect who has studied and Outstanding fashion designer.

He started designing clothes while at Illinois Institute of Technology in 2006

Virgil continued his internship at Fendi with Kanye West, where the two developed a close and collaborative friendship.

After working with Kanye at DONDA and Watch the Throne, Virgil founded his first company: Pyrex Vision.

The following year, he closed down Pyrex. In 2013, he founded the fashion label Off-White, specializing in high-end streetwear.

After years of success, Virgil was appointed artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear line in 2018.


The sudden news of his death shook the fashion world and many of the designers and big stars with whom Abloh worked took to social media to pay their respects to the legendary artist.

Louis Vuitton CEO Bernault Arnault released a statement confirming Abloh’s death, commemorating the designer as a “genius” in his field.

Arnault wrote: “We are all shocked by this terrible news, Virgil is not only a genius designer, a visionary, he is also a man of high spirit and wisdom. wonderful”.

Lenny Kravitz, BTS, Riz Ahmed, Colman Domingo, Weeknd, and Pharrell Williams all voice their own contributions.

Kravitz wrote, “Rest in Power, King,” sharing an image of Abloh modeling an Off-White hoodie. “You have made an indelible mark on this world.”

“RIP Virgil Abloh, you will be missed. It was an honor to work with you. A true creative genius,” BTS wrote.

Fashion giant Marc Jacobs was among those leading activities honoring the designer, writing: “I’m so sorry to read this. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and his loved ones.”

“May you rest in peace and power, dear Virgil.”

Virgil Abloh is a giant in the fashion world


Virgil Abloh is a giant in the fashion worldCredit: Reuters
He passed away after two years of silently fighting cancer


He passed away after two years of silently fighting cancerCredit: Reuters How Virgil Abloh married his childhood sweetheart Shannon after meeting at school

Huynh Nguyen

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