Posen at the Metropolitan Opera opening, September 22, 2008
|Born||Zachary E. Posen
October 24, 1980
New York City
|Education||Parson’s School of Design and Central Saint Martin|
|Partner(s)||Christopher Niquet (2008â€“present)|
|Awards||CFDA: Swarovski’s Perry Ellis Award for Womenswear (2004)|
I have so many fashion mistakes, but that's part of being in fashion. I think the people that you see make the most mistakes are usually the best dressers.
There's not one major greatest 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 the imagination.
There is no reason for me to show my collection in New York, because it's not about craft and technique there.
I have a garden, and I collect different heirloom seeds from different neighbors.
So many people are following fashion now. It's become fashion-tainment.
Everybody wants to be a star right now, to be heard, to have a voice, so you have to give the confidence for people to have that ability – and give them the wardrobe to become a star.
Listen, I'm not a rich kid. I'm a cultured kid; I'm very rich in culture.
Food is everything. Food, friends, family: Those are the most important things in life.
Taking sartorial risks and not following other people is what makes you stand out.
The biggest thing politically within fashion is that the clothing should be displayed on different body shapes.