Born in Rockford, Illinois U.S.A. in 1980 – Virgil Abloh is an artist, architect, 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 at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he was introduced to a curriculum, originally established by Mies van der Rohe. A curriculum which was formed from the notions of Bauhaus, that enabled Virgil Abloh to learn how to converge the fields of arts, craft, and design.
Those notions merged with contemporary culture make up his inter-disciplinary practice today; stemming from his last 15 years, which is summarized below.
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Paris

LOUIS VUITTON AUTUMN-WINTER 2020 PARIS FASHION WEEK RUNWAY SHOW

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16TH 2020

2:30 PM

JARDIN DES TUILERIES CARRÉ DU SANGLIER PARIS 8ÈME


Paris

Efflorescence: the collection’s name seems paradoxical for what appears at first to be solid blocks of reality to sit, gather, and look at oneself. Beyond the sharp fact that it is always fruitful to deal with paradoxes, this botanical term reflects the production method of the pieces. Like these wildflowers that fit into the interstices and corners of urban space, the holes, formal accidents, and graffiti that cover and personalize— in different ways each time—the concrete surface offers a visual and emotional texture to recharge our immediate environment: a landscape where the rigidity of structures and urban planning meets the randomness of organic growth and human appropriation and mark-making.


Paris

OFF-WHITE C/O VIRGIL ABLOH™ MEN'S FALL-WINTER 2020/2021 PARIS FASHION WEEK RUNWAY SHOW

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15TH, 2020

11:00 AM

“TORNADO WARNING”

LE CARROUSEL DU LOUVRE

LES SALLES DU CARROUSEL

PLACE DU CARROUSEL, SOUTH STAIRCASE ENTRANCE

75001 PARIS

2019

Design exercise c/o Off-White™ for Nike to celebrate the history and cultural importance of the “Dunk Low” while drawing a link to current times. The external lacing and updated details falling under the 3% logic presented in the “Figures of Speech” book released earlier in ©2019.


Miami

Virgil Abloh
American, born 1980
“Dollar a Gallon” III, 2019
Mixed media, Corten Steel Coated
Private collection

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In collaboration with Virgil Abloh, IKEA presents MARKERAD, a collection of contemporary items designed to make a statement in your first home. The limited-edition collection consisting of 15 products. (more…)

Paris
Virgil Abloh American, Born 1980 "12-Inch Voices" KALEIDOSCOPE MANIFESTO Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d'entreprise Galeries Lafayette 9, rue du Plâtre F-75004 Paris


Chicago
The official catalog for Virgil Abloh's retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. This catalog covers the last fifteen years of Virgil Abloh’s career, including an in-depth analysis of his work and inspiration.   Hardcover. Linen. 496 pages. 9.25in x 12.25in (23.5cm x 31.1cm) Weight: 5.1 lbs (2.3 kg) Published in 2019 by DelMonico Books • Prestel ISBN: 978-3-7913-5857-4   Buy on Amazon

Chicago
The official catalog for Virgil Abloh's retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. This catalog covers the last fifteen years of Virgil Abloh’s career, including an in-depth analysis of his work and inspiration. This special edition comes in a cloth slipcase with ""Personal Copy"" silkscreened on the book fore edge. It also features a measuring tape ribbon marker as well as a flexi disc printed with a Juergen Teller photo that includes a recording of Virgil Abloh discussing his inspirations.   Hardcover. Linen. 496 pages 12.75in x 9.5in (32.4cm x 24.1cm) Weight: 6.5 lbs (2.95 kg) Published in 2019 by DelMonico Books • Prestel ISBN: 978-3-7913-5900-7   Buy on Amazon

Indio
ends with Coachella ©2019. mini-documentary c/o @bonesoda via @skinnymacho 8 mins long on IGTV YouTube etc ~ editors note: black box = insert yourself here.

This collectible flip book “lookbook” features Virgil Abloh’s designs from his 2013 video showcasing his original brand, Pyrex Vision.   Paperback. Flexi-cover. 124 pages. 6in x 7in x 0.5in (15.25cm x 17.75cm x 1.25cm) Weight: 1.0 lbs (0.45 kg) Published in 2019 by DelMonico Books • Prestel ISBN: 978-3-7913-5899-4   Buy on Amazon

New York City
EXHIBITION REVIEW Can Virgil Abloh Fit in a Museum? “Figures of Speech” in Chicago tries to capture the essence of a prodigious fashion designer. It’s an endeavor with radical juxtapositions, clever products and some missed opportunities. By Jon Caramanica   PDF: THE NEW YORK TIMES - 23, AUGUST 2019 (C11-C-12)   Read the article on nytimes.com


Chicago
Lecture in Chicago with Hamza Walker for 3rd year Master of Fine Arts course at the Art Institute Chicago. Topics centered around the mode of art production irrelevant to final space. Drawing lines from Detroit Techno to Miles Davis and Travis Scott, while using my exhibition titled “Figures of Speech” as the backdrop for the discussion.

Paris
Louis Vuitton Men’s collection by Virgil Abloh Spring–Summer 2020

Paris
Off-White™ Men’s collection by Virgil Abloh Spring–Summer 2020

Basilea

Chicago
In large part, “Figures of Speech” is an art exhibition rooted in advertising and “the projected image”.   ⁣⁣⁣Anytime an idea hits a particular surface; a photo print, a screen, a billboard or canvas, it seems like fact. This exhibition demonstrates myself wrestling with this concept within the freedom of mediums while finding personal solutions.⁣⁣⁣⁣   This 15-year study is looking for a way to transform from consumer to producer. This is an intersection where the tourists and purists cross paths. The atmosphere is literal and figurative.⁣⁣⁣⁣ -Virgil Abloh⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣ various exhibition views series ~ exhibition book and catalog link in bio.⁣ ⁣ “Figures of Speech” @mcachicago. ⁣⁣⁣ open to the public June 10th ©2019


Paris
Creative polymath Virgil Abloh on flexing his design muscle, and furniture against climate change PHOTOGRAPHY: MARVIN LEUVREY WRITER: ALICE RAWSTHORN Read the article on wallpaper.com

USA
Coachella, California

Gilles Peterson with Virgil Abloh

Photography c/o Inez & Vinoodh

Paris
Men's Fall - Winter 2019

Paris
Men's Fall - Winter 2019 Show Set design Exterior / interior

Paris
"MEN'S FALL-WINTER 2019 RUNWAY SHOW"
2018
“2ème Étage”

BACK TO THE BODY: HUMAN- ORIENTED FORMS IN ART, DESIGN, AND ARCHITECTURE, PRESENTED BY THERME ART PROGRAM
Miami
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The absence of nature in our cities can be seen as a reflection of the disconnection we are experiencing with our bodies. How can we reconnect with ourselves through art, design and architecture? How can art re-program our current self-perceptions? Panelists: Virgil Abloh, Grace Wales Bonner, Torkwase Dyson, Arthur Jafa, Francis Kéré, Hans Ulrich Obrist (Moderator). Presented as part of Therme Forum at Design Miami/ 2018.


Chicago
10th June 2019 - 22nd September 2019 Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue 60611 Chicago, IL


Italy
Stony Island” Artwork at KALEIDOSCOPE c/o Spazio Maiocchi, Milan Italy ©2018 Mixed media 300 x 600 cm

Italy
Surrender at will” Artwork at KALEIDOSCOPE c/o Spazio Maiocchi, Milan Italy ©2018 Digital print on textile flag 150 x 100 cm


Tokyo, JP






Off-White™ “Business Casual” documentary
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