One of the most closely followed figures in the fashion industry today, Alexander Wang studied in Parsons’ BFA Fashion Design program until 2004. When he premiered his eponymous line in 2007, Wang took the fashion world by storm with his playful and irreverent approach to womenswear and menswear. Casual staples — oversized hoodies, distressed jeans, sneakers, cotton T-shirts, and leather backpacks — are the cornerstones of Wang’s brand.
Wang leveraged his family connections in China to begin producing his collection as an independent company, and his company remains independent today. He found success early in his career, developing a cult following drawn to his cool, downtown aesthetic. With influential fashion editor Anna Wintour as his champion, Wang was able to quickly expand his line to include shoes and accessories.
Wang was appointed creative director of Balenciaga in 2012, becoming the first American designer to direct the house. Autumn/winter 2013, his first collection for the Parisian house, was well received by the fashion press. In a longstanding collaboration with H&M, Wang has produced several men’s and women’s lines that have sold out online in record time.
Wang’s company won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award in 2008. In 2009, Wang was named the Swarovski Womenswear Designer of the Year and in the same year won the Swiss Textiles Award.
With his far-ranging reach, the designer is often called a fashion wunderkind. Wang continues to produce his own lines, including his lower-priced collection, T by Alexander Wang, and undertake collaborative projects with prominent artists, musicians, and fashion producers.