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.
Well fashion is a great historical marker. I mean you can really see what’s happening in history, and the ideals of the time through fashion. I mean it’s like painting or music, or when you listen to Baroque music and you see the art influence in it. I mean I think we’re living in a time right now of incredible . . . where artists have to be cultural receive dishes, and you have to filter all the ______. There’s many references. I mean I was born in 1980, so I am from the MTV generation where every other video was a different story, a different reference. And then pop art too at the same time; and through commercial art and imagery. There’s a lot of different references. So it’s really about . . . We’re at the moment of personal desire and personal identity. Everybody needs their own identity. So for me it’s about creating things that are timeless. It could be from the past, the present and the future. Recorded on: 7/31/07