Virgil Abloh is an architect, 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. It was here that he learned not only about design principles but also about the concept of collaborative working. He studied a curriculum devised by Mies van der Rohe on a campus he had designed.
Abloh soon took on the role as a creative director for Kanye West and West´s creative think tank „Donda“. Over the years, he has collaborated with multiple artists such as Tom Sachs, Vanessa Beecroft, Kanye West, Nick Knight, Riccardo Tisci, Kim Jones, Takashi Murakami, Olivier Rousteing, M/M Paris, Christophe DeCarnin, Louise Wilson, Giuseppe Zanotti, George Condo and worked with Silvia Venturini at Fendi.
He counts the Renaissance painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and the architects Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Rem Koolhaas as major influences and has modeled his career on the Bauhaus principle of a collective of like-minded creatives. “He has an acute aesthetic sensibility”, says the artist George Condo, who painted the five album covers for West’s 2010 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
Throughout Virgil Abloh’s career, his work has been awarded in the realm of design. In the year 2011, he was nominated for a Grammy Award for Album Packaging creative direction alongside Riccardo Tisci for “Watch The Throne”. Then in 2015, Off-White™ was nominated as one of the top eight finalists for the LVMH Prize in Paris. The year after in 2016 he was inducted into the BOF 500 “The People Shaping The Global Fashion Industry” List. In the same year of 2016, he was nominated for one of the top five nominees in the category of International Urban Luxury Brand at The British Fashion Awards. In the year 2017, Virgil Abloh was chosen to be one of the top five nominees in the category of “Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent” at the CFDA Awards. Most recently Virgil Abloh was selected as a special guest to show his Spring Summer 2018 Men’s OFF-WHITE c/o VIRGIL ABLOH™ Collection in Florence, Italy during Pitti Immagine Uomo 92.