Virgil Abloh

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Full NameVirgil Abloh
BornSeptember 30, 1980, Rockford, Illinois, U.S.
DiedNovember 28, 2021, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Education– Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison (2002)
– Master of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology (2006)
OccupationsDesigner, Entrepreneur, Disc Jockey
Years Active2009–2021
Notable Titles– Founder and CEO of Off-White
– Artistic Director of Menswear at Louis Vuitton
– Creative Director of Donda
SpouseShannon Sundberg (m. 2009)
Parents’ OriginGhana
Mother’s ProfessionSeamstress
Father’s ProfessionManaged a paint company
Net Worth$100 million
Rise to Prominence– Interned at Fendi in 2009 alongside Kanye West
– Founded RSVP Gallery in 2009
– Launched Pyrex Vision in 2012
– Founded Off-White in 2013
Significant Achievements– Artistic Director for Jay-Z/Kanye West album “Watch the Throne” (2011)
– First African-American to be artistic director at a French luxury fashion house (LVMH, 2018)
– Named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine (2018)
Design AestheticBridged streetwear and luxury clothing, described as transformative
Inspirations– Rem Koolhaas
– Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Additional Facts– Designed T-shirts and wrote for a blog, The Brilliance, during his architecture studies
– Known for his global fame and influence beyond traditional fashion design

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