Zac Posen
Fashion Designer
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A good design can create form and ideas that haven’t been there before.

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.

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I’m able to be . . . to create large vision of a collection at the moment. And then within that, I’m able to build every detail and texture, and create new kinds of construction and form, and really be able to put new looks and new shapes into the environment. The variables in fashion between fabrication, between make, between volume and shape can . . . you can create form and ideas that haven’t been there before. I don’t . . . There’s so many references in fashion. And for me it’s very interesting in having one’s own point of view and being non-referential. There’s fashion. You know fine arts painting, they don’t have that same kind of exact schedule of creation, shipping, and production. And then just sort of my own creative struggle of creating within an understood formula within that commercial means – within consistency. Having restraint is a great struggle of mine. Finding, you know, balance – reality versus “surreality” – of creating is always a struggle. It’s only been five years. I think becoming more aware of the fashion world. I never read magazines growing up. I really only studied historical fashion. I studied at the Costume Institute and went to design school. But when I started, it was a much stronger pop sensibility to the collection I made. They were much sharper in angle. They had a great sort of deconstructed freedom to them. Recorded on: 7/31/07

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