Virgil Abloh - American Designer
Born in Rockford, Illinois in 1980, Virgil Abloh is an artist, architect, engineer, creative director, and designer. After earning a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison, he completed a Master´s Degree in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology in a curriculum founded by Mies van der Rohe. It was here that he learned not only about modernist design principles but also about the concept of multi-disciplinary working.
Virgil Abloh’s brand Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh™️ started in 2012 as an artwork titled "PYREX VISION." In 2013, the brand premiered a seasonal men's and women's fashion label showing runway collections during Paris Fashion Week since 2015.
Abloh has also presented his work at significant design institutions around the globe by the likes of Harvard Graduate School of Design, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the Rhode Island School of Design.
In 2019 he will have a significant exhibition of past and current work at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, Illinois.
In 2015, Virgil Abloh for Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh™️ was among the finalists for the LVMH Prize.
He has been awarded various prizes, most recently winning the British Fashion Awards Urban Luxe award and International Designer of the Year at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in 2017.
In March 2018, Louis Vuitton appointed Abloh as its men's artistic director.