Zac Posen: 'I'm really an old school designer'
Zac Posen designs and drapes his stunning gowns in the mode of an "old school" couturier.
The New York-based designer has opened up about his design methods and reveals he prefers a hands-on approach when creating a gown to be worn at an A-list event.
"I go in on the weekends and I drape, which means I take fabric and put it on a mannequin and start to build the dress with my hands, very old school," Zac shared in an interview on The Tonight Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday night (05May16).
The 35-year-old, who is known for his structured gowns crafted from luxurious fabrics, explains that when it comes to dressing his celebrity clients he considers a range of factors including the person's personality, trends and the theme of the event.
"I have to be like a cultural receive dish. And say what's happening at that moment, what are their goals," he said. "I mean it's always about an empowerment of a woman, representing intelligent women, in touch with their femininity, and then from there we take it."
He adds that it's helpful when his clients, which include the likes of U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, actress Natalie Portman, singer Rihanna and TV host Oprah Winfrey, come to him with a concept of what they desire in a gown.
"If it's Oprah and she's about neckline or wants sparkle or ombre, you work with that," smiled Zac.
Zac, who is also the creative director of high-end American men's and womenswear brand Brooks Brothers, has had a busy week couple of weeks finalising details on the beautiful glow-in-the-dark gown he made for Homeland actress Claire Danes to wear to the Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City on Monday night (02May16). The Cinderella-style ball gown was made using custom-made Gossamer fabric, sourced in France, which was woven with fibre optics for the glowing effect.
Of the gown, Zac shared that the fabric had been developed for the dress a while ago but he only received it one week before the star-studded gala. However, Zac was very happy with the end result.
"What you're looking at is light on the surface travelling," he said, adding, "I wanted it to electrify."