Born in Rockford, Illinois in 1980 – Virgil Abloh is an artist, architect, engineer, creative director and fashion 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 crafted the principles of his art practice. He studied a curriculum devised by Mies van der Rohe on a campus he had designed. Abloh, who also worked in Chicago street fashion, entered the world of international fashion with an internship at Fendi in 2009 alongside rapper Kanye West. The two then began an artistic collaboration that would launch Abloh’s career into founding Off-White. The first African American to be named artistic director at a French luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018.