Where is he from? Born and raised in SoHo. He attended Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn.
What’s he done? Posen was mentored by Richard Martin at the Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2001, Posen constructed a gown entirely made from thin leather strips and dressmaker hooks and eyes, that was displayed by the Victoria and Albert Museum and featured in their “Curvaceous” exhibition.
Why is he an icon? In 2000, Posen received a big break after a dress he made for Naomi Campbell changed hands several times among several fashion insiders, including actress Paz de la Huerta. After his first runway show in 2001, Posen was courted by fashion titans Yves Carcelle (President of LVMH Fashion Group), Sidney Toledano (Chief Executive Officer and Director of Christian Dior S.A.), and Domenico De Sole (President and Chief Executive Officer of Gucci Group NV.).
Quote: “There’s not one major influence on my career. It would be film and great artists and great imagineers – Jim Henson, Walt Disney, Charlie Chaplin, people who understand the joy of imagination.”
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