Zac Posen
Fashion Designer
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Re: What do you believe?

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Posen doesn't have one god he looks up to.

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
My personal philosophy . . . I don’t have a motto, but I always . . . I always . . . I always dream. I always take risks. I try to keep my eyes open. They can be very subtle. It can be in how we construct something or, you know, in business deals that we . . . that we’ve made or, you know, just moving in with my boyfriend. You know, it’s . . . they all affect each other. Not really any particular _____. I decided to move to London when I was 17 and just go to school there instead of sort of furthering an academic education. It’s keeping . . . That keeping your eyes opening and listening to others, and having a dialogue with others. And then that’s . . . That’s my motto. And the risk I take is . . . It can expose you to a lot that can distract or affect you. I’m a very open, sensitive person. But also you have to have that conversation and then go into isolation, take that and filter it, and then go back to being a sponge. No. I don’t dismiss religion or faith, you know. I’m still alive on this planet, and I think that in its truest forms, you know, in some way or other I’ve lived by a sort of mix of many religions. You know I always believe in bettering who I can be and striving to a higher place from there on my time on the planet. So in some ways, I don’t know if that will affect any possibility of an afterlife in any way; but I think that’s pretty similar to foundations of Christianity, and Judaism, and you know, and Buddhism. I don’t have one God that I . . . that I look up to. Recorded on: 7/31/07

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