Zac Posen attended the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta to talk about how he got started, his challenges and other facets of his fashion life, according to WWD.
Posen was in town as honorary chair for the SCAD Seen Gala scholarship
fund-raising event, held Wednesday evening. When the designer was asked how he got into fashion, he answered, “I didn’t know what I was doing. I was inventing as I went along.”
Posen started his first internship with Nicole Miller while he was a sophomore in high school at St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn, and at 16 enrolled in the pre-graduate program at Parsons School of Design. He recalled how he did whatever was needed at Nicole Miller but mostly “would sketch all day,” he said. “She thought I was out of my mind.”
After attending the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, he returned to New York. He set up his business on $10,000 and lived in his parents’ living room. “But then it was time to take an investment, and I found one day, on the red carpet, Puff Daddy. I asked him to make music for a show of mine. He took me under his wing and invested in the company. He’s been incredibly supportive and generous.”
“I never design with the red carpet in mind,” he went on, “but my love of the red carpet is my love of being around other creative people, including actors. It has a serious impact on the business.”
Now his business is diverse with his Zac Posen Collection, Truly Zac Posen (for David’s Bridal) and Zac Zac Posen. He’s also a judge on “Project Runway,” which he said gives designers the opportunity to show who they are to people in 20 countries. “In 2014, you have to be on every platform,” he noted.
About the business, he said, “It’s still hard every day but that’s life. You’ll never be rich enough or famous enough or a good enough writer, and then you need to come to a place where it’s not perfect. You have to have a vision and keep working toward that.”