Zac Posen’s Biography
Zac Posen launched his eponymous collection in 2001, with a vision for modern American glamour that married couture technique with striking innovation. Raised in New York, Zac began his design training early. He attended London’s Central Saint Martins University in the womenswear degree program. In 2004, he was awarded one of fashion’s most prestigious honors, Swarovski’s The Perry Ellis Award for Women’s wear by the CFDA. In 2015, Zac Posen was also awarded Designer of the Year by Women’s Wear Daily and Variety Magazine.
Today, Zac is known globally for his technique in artisanal craftsmanship, anatomical construction and textile manipulation. His daywear, suiting and red carpet eveningwear are infused with his bold sophistication, sexy femininity and distinctive glamour.
In Fall 2014, Zac Posen was announced as Creative Director for the Brooks Brothers signature women’s collection and accessories. The collections are available worldwide.
Worn by leading women, including Uma Thurman, First Lady Michelle Obama, Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts, Claire Danes and Rihanna, he has become a staple on the red carpet. His collections have grown to include Zac Posen, ZAC Zac Posen, and Truly Zac Posen with offerings in handbags, accessories, bridal, eyewear, footwear, and fine jewelry.
Zac Posen serves as a judge with Heidi Klum and Nina Garcia on Lifetime’s mainstay Project Runway, currently in its sixteenth season.
Zac Posen partnered with Delta Air Lines to re-design the iconic uniforms. His designs were unveiled in October 2016 and will be officially launched in May 2018.
Philanthropy is an integral part of the Zac Posen brand. Along with consistent support of St. Jude’s, the LGBTQIA community, and City Harvest, amongst others, Zac Posen also acts as a board member of the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation.
The documentary, House of Z, chronicling Zac’s career, premiered at the TriBeCa film Festival in April 2017, and is currently available for rent on Vogue.com. Zac’s latest project, a cookbook entitled Cooking with Zac, is currently available worldwide and can be purchased on Amazon or at Barnes & Noble.
Craftsmanship + Atelier
Mixing architectural zeal, tailored artistry, and a sensual embrace of the luxurious, Zac Posen’s garments display incredible precision that flourishes, first and foremost, in his Atelier. Intricate drapes are lent from the designer’s hands to the pattern makers and sewers who, with extreme attention to finish and details, will transform a design into a showpiece.
The brand takes pride in its Made in America stamp and cherishes the rare and refined level of skills that the Atelier workers poses: from ready-to-wear pieces to couture creations, everything starts here.
The Art of Collaboration
House of Z is committed to developing mindful collaboration and spreading Zac Posen’s sophisticated and glamourous style to a wide range of projects.
Zac Posen and MAC Cosmetics have collaborated over the years on limited edition colors, lipsticks, eye palette for various Runway Shows and memorable photoshoots. This time, Zac Posen and MAC Cosmetics bring to life their full vision to the cosmetic world with a comprehensive Red Carpet worthy collection that launched in stores in February 2016.
As part of the Spring 2016 collection, ZAC Zac Posen has partnered with Google and Made With Code to create an LED dress in collaboration with the Made with Code initiative. The dress moves with the LED light and changes as the teen coders play with millions of possibilities of patterns.
As a designer and a frequent traveler, Zac Posen is thrilled to announce his collaboration with Delta Air Lines on their new uniform designs. The new uniforms, which will be implemented in 2018, will continue to evoke American glamour through sartorial artistry for many years to come. The collection was revealed in October 2016.
History of the Brand
Zac Posen launched his namesake label at the age of 21. In February 2002, he debuted his ready-to-wear collection in New York City. The presentation captured the attention of key fashion editors and retailers, signaling the presence of a new force within international fashion. Following the success of this presentation, Posen quickly established his design studio in Tribeca. Since this date, Zac Posen has remained committed to his vision of artfully crafted, innovative ready-to-wear for women worldwide. His strong, feminine aesthetic has become a favorite of style leaders.
Over the past 15 years, Zac Posen’s atelier has grown from a single-room studio into a bustling coterie of a global luxury brand. In 2010, the company invested in experienced management with the addition of Jillian Sinel as President of Zac Posen.
The brand’s iconic aesthetic has established a leadership position in glamorous daywear and evening dressing and it is available in the finest luxury department and high-end specialty stores worldwide.
In 2013 Zac Posen created his second line ZAC Zac Posen sold by the biggest retailers of New York such as Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.
In December 2016, Zac Posen launched his shoe collection with the Prefall 2017 collection.