Virgil Abloh was an artist, architect, and fashion designer. After earning a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he obtained a master’s degree in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. It was at the Illinois Institute of Technology where Abloh was introduced to a curriculum established by Mies van der Rohe, formed from the notions of Bauhaus, that taught him to combine the fields of art, craft and design. These theories, merged with contemporary culture, make up Abloh’s inter-disciplinary practice today.
Abloh was the artistic Director of Louis Vuitton's menswear collection from March 2018 until his death in 2021. Abloh was also the chief executive officer of the Milan-based label Off-White, a fashion house he founded in 2013. Abloh worked with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, whom he met in 2010 while designing the cover for Kanye West's album 'Graduation'. Abloh was given a solo art show in Murakami’s Kaikai Kiki art gallery in Tokyo, Japan. On numerous occasions their artwork has been showcased together such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and Mukarkami's shop Oz Zingaro in Tokyo. In 2018, Abloh and Murakami also collaborated on a series of exhibitions at Gagosian Gallery's outposts in London, Paris and Beverly Hills.