CHICAGO — Virgil Abloh has a long list of accomplishments that include creative directing one of the biggest music talents in the world and art directing one of the world’s most successful fashion houses. And he got there by skipping class.
“I’m a huge advocate for skipping class,” he said to a handful of students during a Fashion Deconstructed panel hosted here by the Jordan brand for students of its Wings program. “I remember for my final thesis for my master’s program, I essentially pinned up my work so my professor thought I was there and then I skipped class to go to a Kanye ‘College Dropout’ record signing like 10 blocks away.”
Abloh was joined by Dior Men’s artistic director Kim Jones, Jordan athlete and Washington Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura, and Jordan vice president of design Martin Lotti for the panel discussion and workshop, held at the Jordan Hub23 pop-up at the General Richard L. Jones Armory in Chicago on Saturday during NBA All-Star Weekend.
The panel was one of four events Jordan hosted over the weekend, including a design panel with Russell Westbrook, the Female Quotient with women exploring masculine and feminine leadership styles, the impact of women in the workplace

Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.

Originally Published at