*[03/10/14] For personal reasons Cathy Horyn is not able to be present at Stanford for the conversation with Alexander Wang. Due to this and other complicating scheduling factors, Alexander Wang’s visit to Stanford has been postponed until the 2014-15 academic year. An announcement about the new date will be made when more information is available.*
Alexander Wang was born and raised in San Francisco, CA and later moved to New York City to attend Parsons School of Design. In 2005, after two years, he decided to pursue the launch of his own label. The collection began predominately in knitwear, represented by six unisex silhouettes. In Spring 2007, it had evolved into a full Women’s ready-to-wear line and the collection was shown for the first time on the runway in Fall 2007. In 2008, Alex received top honors as the recipient of the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund and launched his first handbag collection the same year; in 2009, he was recognized by his peers when announced the winner of the Swarovski Womenswear Designer of the Year; and in October 2009, he was the recipient of the Swiss Textiles Award. In 2009, Women’s T by Alexander Wang and Footwear launched, while Men’s T by Alexander Wang launched a year later. Men’s ready-to-wear launched in 2011 and Alexander Wang was acknowledged by GQ as Best Menswear Designer of the Year and by the CFDA for Best Accessory Designer that same year.
Alexander Wang opened its first flagship store, February 2011, in SOHO, NYC. Following the NYC flagship store opening, Alexander Wang opened its second flagship store in April 2012 in Beijing, China. Today, Alexander Wang has over 15 stores worldwide, including its own E-Commerce site shipping to more than 50 countries. Men’s and Women’s categories offer ready-to-wear, T by Alexander Wang, handbags, footwear, small leather goods and the OBJECTS collection, a curation of personal lifestyle items, which are also sold to over 700 of the world’s leading retailers across all categories.
In its essence, the Alexander Wang brand’s sensibility is reflected in the undone. There is a curiosity behind the contradiction that lies between refinement and the imperfect, and a nod to always referencing his idea of the everyday uniform.
In addition to designing his eponymous label, Alexander Wang is the Creative Director of
Balenciaga, effective December 2012.
About Cathy Horyn
Cathy Horyn has been the fashion critic of The New York Times since 1999. Her articles about the industry and other topics also appear in The New York Times Magazine. She created the popular Times blog On the Runway. Prior to joining the paper, Horyn was a contributing writer at Vanity Fair. From 1990 to 1995, she was the fashion writer at The Washington Post. She is currently working on a history of The New York Times fashion coverage since 1852. Born in Coshocton, Ohio, she is a graduate of Barnard College and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
More on Fashion at Stanford
A Series of Conversations on Design, Craft, and the Market with Cathy Horyn, Fashion Critic for The New York Times
The fashion industry is changing rapidly. Changes in technology are affecting every facet of the market, from retail strategies to production possibilities. Global manufacture and distribution are disrupting existing markets. And the relation between designers, artists, and entrepreneurs is becoming increasingly blurred.
“FASHION AT STANFORD” will examine the changing dynamics of this industry and explore the possibilities for the future. Bringing together Silicon Valley expertise and global leaders in the field, the Stanford Arts Institute will present a series of conversations in the 2013-2014 academic year, organized by Cathy Horyn, fashion critic for The New York Times. The series will bring diverse perspectives from the fields of design, photography, business, and criticism to the Stanford community.