March 15, 2019

LVMH moves swiftly to cancel all Michael Jackson-inspired pieces from the Virgil Abloh-designed Fall/Winter 2019 collection

LVMH Virgil Abloh Michael Jackson Collection Cancellation

LVMH distanced itself from the recent controversy surrounding Michael Jackson. The recent and damning Leaving Neverland documentary focused on Jackson’s serious allegations of sexual abuse. The pop star was an integral part of Virgil Abloh’s Fall/Winter 2019 collection.

Quotes from WWD on the LVMH situation

“I am aware that in light of this documentary the show has caused emotional reactions. I strictly condemn any form of child abuse, violence or infringement against any human rights.”

– Virgil Abloh, Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton Menswear

“We find the allegations in the documentary deeply troubling and disturbing. Child safety and welfare is of utmost importance to Louis Vuitton. We are fully committed to advocating this cause.”

– Michael Burke, Chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton

Final thoughts

Earlier this week, Virgil Abloh was part of an expansive feature in The New Yorker magazine. When asked about his stance on Michael Jackson, Abloh deflected the controversy altogether and instead elected to take a more positive and inspirational slant. However, it’s clear that social pressures were far too much for LVMH and Abloh to bear. Ultimately, the company made the right decision in not producing the Michael Jackson pieces. More importantly, it changes the dialog from LVMH as a potential villain to a culturally aware and sensitive fashion house.

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