Alexander Wang

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i. Introduction
ii. His beginnings
iii. Education
iv. Early years in formation of label
v. Development of his label
vi. Growth of his label
vii. His successes
viii. Awards and accolades
ix. Inspiration and muse
x. His growing influence
xi. Conclusion i. Introduction
Mention Alexander Wang and almost instantaneously, images of offbeat, laidback styles, drenched in white, pastel shades and black would come to mind. The young designer had, in a time period of only three years, made a name for himself in the industry with his clean-cut minimalism and perfectly classic tailoring. Each and every one of his garments speak for themselves as they are sent down the runway at Fashion Week in New York, clad by kooky ‘of-the-moment’ models, to the discerningly favourable eyes of the big names, the style gurus and ‘It’ girls – the who’s who of fashion. His journey to success may have been brief, but the wunderkind continues to churn out hugely popular designs, and it most certainly does not seem like he is stopping anytime soon.

Alexander Wang
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ii. His beginnings
Born and raised in San Francisco, Alexander Wang was born of Chinese-American descent. He started designing as early as nine, and began sewing and exploring various do-it-yourself options at fifteen. His first completed garment constructed in fifth grade, when he was merely ten, was a pair of “gingerbread-man pants”, with “no center inseam”. He moved to New York City at the young age of eighteen to attend Parsons, The New School for Design. Deeply motivated by his decision to move and the geography of his then current location, he envisaged Parsons as a stepping-stone to greater heights. “I’m in New York City – I can do anything I put my heart to”

iii. Education
Whilst at Parsons, Wang partook in a variety of internships to enrich his own knowledge of exactly how the industry works and what it has to offer. From stints at Teen Vogue, Derek Lam and Marc Jacobs, he believed it was always entirely up to the individual to make sure he gets what he wants. Even before starting the school term at Parsons, Wang already decided he wanted an internship with Marc Jacobs, so he went, and got it. After all the hands-on experience he acquired, as well as the education he was receiving in school, he was ready to revisit his original passion – to create and to design. He then approached his family on a huge decision – to quit school – and feared the worst. Fortunately, Wang’s family was largely supportive and the forming of a family enterprise began.

iv. Early years in formation of label
With the help of his fiscal-savvy sister-in-law, Wang set up his label, Alexander Wang, and managed to secure whopping eighty buyers at a trade show on the very first day. By his sophomore year at Parsons in 2005, he was already designing his first collection, which were predominantly knits. It included pieces for both men and women, and was inspired by classic, clean sportswear with an air of relaxed, effortless attitude. “It’s a small industry, so most of my inspiration is from the street. It's all those quirky people you just bump into that inspire me the most” v. Development of his label

When it comes to the designing process, Wang went with his instinct to create clothes people can wear, and will fancy wearing on a daily basis. He brought back essentials missing in the industry at that period of time, such as cashmere basics, the perfect motorcycle jacket, and very clever reinventions of the classic little black dress. He launched his debut full collection in 2007, achieving such vast popularity that it propelled his label to an international level, selling to over 200 boutiques and retail stores in the States and across several continents. Even stores in the Middle East have been roped in to carry his line. Moreover, his languid styles have amassed a faithful following that call themselves simply, Wangsters. A full accessories collection...
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