Zac Posen
Fashion Designer
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I truly believe in the butterfly effect on every level, Posen says.

Zac Posen

Zac Posen is an American fashion designer. Born in 1980, Posen grew up in New York City and received his fashion education at Central Saint Martins in London. After internships at the Metropolitan Museum and Nicole Miller, Posen rose to prominence as one of the new names of the Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion show. His fashions are particularly popular with the young Hollywood set, and his designs have been worn by Natalie Portman, Claire Danes and Rachel Bilson.  Posen’s work has gained respect for its increasingly streamlined aesthetic of forties-inflected tailoring, mermaid-esque gowns, and itty-bitty cocktail frocks. He enlisted his mother Susan as CEO (she has since stepped down, and serves as Chairman) and his sister Alexandra as creative director, and in 2004, Sean Combs became a much-publicized backer.  In 2004, Posen was awarded the CFDA Swarovski-Perry Ellis Award for Ready-to-Wear" after his first major runway show.  Fragrance and diffusion lines are on the pike for 2009.

Transcript
I think that I have enabled new excitement and direction in new creators first in the United States, and then sort of throughout the world. I think that I like connecting with people so I can become a great personality and communicator for a designer to create a story and excitement. And then that leads to other creators and artists to have focus because it’s an exciting idea and story. I mean everybody in our culture has an obsession with new. And so for me, the next step that I think I’ve added is to create validity and to create a test of time. And for me to be inspiring young people to create, I think we’d live in a much happier society if people would create, and take a risk, and that every small ounce of energy put out has an effect. I mean I truly believe in the butterfly effect on every level. A strong wave of glamour in fashion, you know. And I use the word “glamour” about something alluring. It’s an intelligent woman; femininity; embracing the woman’s body, reminding people again that it’s about the woman inside; flair. You’re bringing flair back in fashion and expression, and also the versatility of character. I mean that’s a really important part of the clothing. The largest challenge that a designer and creator has going forward is having one’s own identity. Through exploration, and isolation, and not having fear. Recorded on: 7/31/07

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