Virgil Abloh was born in Rockford, Illinois, in 1980. 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. In 2012, Abloh’s label, Off-White, began in the form of an
artwork titled PYREX VISION, and the following year Off-White was introduced as a seasonal men’s
and women’s fashion brand that also began producing furniture. Abloh was nominated for CFDA
Awards in 2017 (Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent) and 2018 (both Womenswear Designer of the
Year and Menswear Designer of the Year). Later in 2018, Abloh was named Artistic Director of
menswear at Louis Vuitton.
Abloh has presented his work at major art and design institutions around the globe, including the
Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and
Preservation, and the Rhode Island School of Design. This summer, a major exhibition of his past
and current work is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
Designer Alber Elbaz was born in Casablanca, Morocco, and raised in Israel from the age of one.
He studied at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. In 1985, he started his work in
fashion in New York with the iconic designer Geoffrey Beene, staying on for seven years as head
designer. In 1996, Elbaz became the design director at Guy Laroche in Paris before succeeding
Yves Saint Laurent at YSL as creative director of Rive Gauche from 1998 to 2000.
In 2001, Elbaz started his 14-year tenure as creative director at Lanvin, earning critical and
commercial success for the house and cementing a worldwide reputation as a beloved designer. In
2019, he announced AZ Fashion in partnership with Richemont. AZ Fashion is his return to the
work and the people he loves. It will also manifest his dynamic new approach to innovation and
design, as well as his unshakable attention to the real needs of women globally.
Elbaz’s honors and recognitions are wide-reaching and significant. They include the
International Award from the CFDA in 2005; the Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur, as well as
Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People In The World, in 2007; an honorary doctorate from
the Royal College of Art in London in 2014; and he was made Officier of the Légion d’Honneur in
2016. Elbaz resides in Paris but always remains a citizen of the world.
Daniel Lee was born and raised in Bradford, England. From a young age, Lee was very dedicated to
his academics, and what he loved most was “making things.” Eventually his creativity and
dedication led him to study at Central Saint Martins, while also completing internships at
Martin Margiela and Balenciaga. After graduating in 2011, he went to work for Donna Karan in New
York City, where he stayed for two years before being tapped as ready-to-wear design director at
Céline under Phoebe Philo. In 2018, he was appointed creative director at Bottega Veneta. Lee’s
stated mission is “to maintain the codes of the house—craftsmanship, quality, and
sophistication—while imbuing them with a new perspective and modernity.”
According to Kering chief executive and chairman François-Henri Pinault, “his work is
characterised by great rigor, a mastery of studio expertise, a true passion for materials, and
an energy that I cannot wait to see take shape at Bottega Veneta.”
Anna Wintour has held the position as editor in chief of Vogue since July 1988, and was named
US Artistic Director of Condé Nast in March 2013. Most recently, she was appointed global
content advisor of Condé Nast in August of 2019.
During her tenure at Condé Nast, Ms. Wintour has been actively involved in philanthropic
fundraising, particularly for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, for which she
has raised more than $200 million for the museum. She serves as an Elective Trustee of the
institution. She is also a Founding Committee Member for the New York-Presbyterian Youth
Anxiety Center, which focuses on anxiety disorders in people aged 16–28.
In 2017, for her service to British journalism and fashion, Ms. Wintour was named Dame
Commander (DBE) of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. In 2011, she was
awarded the Légion d’Honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. In October 2009,
President Obama appointed Ms. Wintour to the President’s Committee on the Arts and
She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her leadership and charitable efforts,
including the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Lifetime Achievement Award,
and the Award of Courage for AIDS Research from the American Foundation for AIDS
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