Virgil Abloh: "Figures of Speech"

“AN ARRAY OF AIR, 2019

Description

All shoes Nike × Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh™
Nike shoes on tarp
Private collection

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In 2017, Nike enlisted Abloh to redesign ten of the company’s most famous shoe styles. Abloh used collaged elements, transparent materials, self-referential labels, tabs, and zip ties to emphasize the shoes’ construction, inviting people to take a second look at these iconic sneakers. This display features unreleased shoes from subsequent collaborations between Off-White and Nike in various stages of prototyping. These objects under construction offer a behind-the-scenes view of Abloh’s design process, which involves working through many concepts and iterations of a project before reaching the final result.

White Terra Kiger Image

White Terra Kiger prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

Untitled Prototype Image

Blue untitled prototype, 2018

Black Air Jordan 4 Image

Black Air Jordan 4 prototype, 2018

Red Air Force 1 Image

Red Air Force 1 prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019
“The Ten”

Air Jordan 4 Image

White Nike Air Jordan 4 unofficial prototype for Off-White, 2013

Terra Kiger Image

Black Terra Kiger prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

White Vapor Street Image

White Vapor Street prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

Yellow Vapor Street Image

Yellow Vapor Street prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

Yellow Vapor Street Image

Yellow Vapor Street prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

Black Air Jordan 4 Image

Black Air Jordan 4 prototype, 2018

Black Air Force 1 Prototype image

Black Air Force 1 prototype, 2018
“The Ten”

White Air Jordan 1 prototype image

White Air Jordan 1 prototype, 2018
“The Ten”

Black custom Vapor Street prototype image

Black custom Vapor Street prototype, 2017

Yellow Waffle Racer prototype image

Yellow Waffle Racer prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

Yellow Air Jordan 1 prototype image

Yellow Air Jordan 1 prototype, 2018
“The Ten”

Blue untitled prototype image

Blue untitled prototype, 2018

White Vapor Street prototype image

White Vapor Street prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

Orange Waffle Racer prototype

Orange Waffle Racer prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

Red Vapor Street prototype image

Red Vapor Street prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

Untitled Gray Prada Nike shoe prototype image

Untitled Gray Prada Nike shoe prototype, 2018

White Vapor Street prototype image

White Vapor Street prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

Silver Vapor Street prototype image

Silver Vapor Street prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

Orange Waffle Racer prototype image

Orange Waffle Racer prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

Baby Blue Air Force 1 protoype image

Baby Blue Air Force 1 “Chopped and Screwed” prototype, 2018

Black Air Force 1 Prototype image

Black Air Force 1 prototype, 2018 “The Ten”

Featured image

Black Air Force 1 prototype, 2018
“The Ten”

Pink Terra Kiger prototype image

Pink Terra Kiger prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

Silver Vapor Street prototype image

Silver Vapor Street prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

Volt Yellow Air Force 1 Low prototype image

Volt Yellow Air Force 1 Low prototype, 2018
“The Ten”

Green Vapor Street prototype image

Green Vapor Street prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

White Vapor Street prototype image

White Vapor Street prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

Volt Yellow Air Force 1 Low prototype image

Volt Yellow Air Force 1 Low prototype, 2018
“The Ten”

Green Vapor Street prototype image

Green Vapor Street prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

Black Zoom Terra Kiger prototype image

Black Zoom Terra Kiger prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

Orange Waffle Racer prototype image

Orange Waffle Racer prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

Green Vapor Street prototype image

Green Vapor Street prototype, 2018 Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

Featured image

White Zoom Terra Kiger prototype, 2018 Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

Blue Vapor Street prototype image

Blue Vapor Street prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

Black Air Force 1 prototype image

Black Air Force 1 prototype, 2018
“The Ten”

White Vapor Street prototype image

White Vapor Street prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

Orange Vapor Street prototype image

Orange Vapor Street prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

White Vapor Street prototype image

White Vapor Street prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

Red Vapor Street prototype image

Red Vapor Street prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

Terra Kiger Prototype

White Zoom Terra Kiger prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

FeaturedOrange Vapor Street prototype

Orange Vapor Street prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

Silver Vapor Street prototype image

Silver Vapor Street prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

Red Air Max 90 prototype image

Red Air Max 90 prototype, 2018
“The Ten”

White Waffle Racer prototype image

White Waffle Racer prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

Black Vapor Street prototype image

Black Vapor Street prototype, 2018
Women’s Spring/Summer 2019

Credit Text

Photos by Nathan Keay, Marvin Leuvrey, and Bogdon Plakov.