Born in October 1980, Zac Posen was raised in lower Manhattan, the son of Stephen Posen, an artist, and Susan Posen, a corporate lawyer. At age fourteen he attended the pre-college program at Parson’s School of Design. For three years Posen was mentored by curator Richard Martin at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. At eighteen he was accepted into the womenswear degree program at London’s Central Saint Martins University. During his tenure in London, Posen continued to develop and perfect the demanding craftsmanship and vision for which he is now famous. In 2001, Posen constructed a gown entirely made from thin leather strips and dress-maker hooks and eyes that delivered a powerful commentary about the female figure. The gown was acquired by the Victoria & Albert Museum and featured in their “Curvaceous” exhibit.
Upon returning to New York in 2001, Posen was chosen to present a capsule collection as part of GenArt’s “Fresh Face in Fashion 2001”. Following the success of this presentation, Posen established his design studio in Tribeca. Zac Posen continues to receive awards and accolades, most notably the CFDA’s 2004 Swarovski/Perry Ellis Award for ready-to-wear. Posen’s strong, feminine aesthetic has become a favorite of style leaders including Gwyneth Paltrow, Anne Hathaway, Uma Thurman, Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Claire Danes, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé Knowles and many more.
Over the past seven years, Zac Posen’s Tribeca atelier has grown from a single-room studio into today’s bustling coterie of seasoned professionals including expert artisans and determined entrepreneurs, building a global luxury brand. The Zac Posen line is found in top retailers all over the world including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harvey Nichols, Holt Renfrew and Vakko.
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