Re: Who are we?

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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Travel, which is probably . . . Travel came from agriculture and economics through war. You know, through economics. Economics have played a big part in how our worlds have changed. Health, the environment has continuously changed. Exploration is constantly changing. Security. Major forces? Well I think sexuality is a huge . . . Sexuality, and power, and different symbolisms of that have really changed where we are in fashion. Women’s relation to man; women and men and dressing are constantly at play, whether, you know, it’s about putting women on a pedestal . . . or on a pedestal. Recorded on: 7/31/07

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