Alexander Wang launched he’s able in 2005 at the young age of 21. Currently he is now the creative director, chief executive and chairman, of his own world-renowned brand that he has made a huge success of. When he was 19 he attended Parsons school of design, in New York, and after leaving started his own fashion label just 2 years after.
Within three years of launching, Wang had his first collection shown a New York Fashion Week, creating a huge amount of buzz about the collection. The response was immediate. Anna Wintour , a key supporter, soon mobilised her influence to bring attention to the young designer. In 2008, Wang received the top award from the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund, a sum of $200,000. In 2009, he was announced as the winner of the Swarovski Womenswear Designer of the Year, and as the winner of the Swiss Textiles Award.
Wang was appointed creative director of Balenciaga in December 2012, succeeding Nicolas Ghesquière at the storied French house. In July 2015, it was announced that Balenciaga and Kering decided not to renew the American designer’s contract.Wang’s first Balenciaga runway show for Autumn/Winter 2013 was positively received, despite having faced scepticism about his ability to fill Nicolas Ghesquière’s shoes.
His lines are now stocked globally in more than 700 stores and other venues; including, luxury department stores such as, Bloomingdales, Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Dover Street Market, Browns and Net-a-Porter.
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Wang’s aesthetic remains true throughout his various lines, and has inspired an entire generation of women to dress in his “off duty model” looks.
Wang’s meteoric ascent through fashion’s rank and file hails him not only as the poster boy of fashion’s new establishment, but as one of fashion’s greatest sensations so far this century.
Alexander Wang – “Design integrity, quality, that’s number one. But the visual environment is also very important, so we pay a lot of attention to display and store design. There is still a grit to the brand but it’s been refined, in a natural kind of a way, because now I’m 31, not 21, so there are things I didn’t like before that I like now; things I liked before and now want a better version of. A lot of it is quite subtle. It’s about using the best photographers, stylists and models, to elevate the image you are creating.”