ALEXANDER WANG

Alexander Wang is an American fashion designer and the former creative director of Balenciaga. He is credited for creating the anti-conformist fashion.

Alexander Wang Fall/Winter 17

Index

  1. The Origin
  2. His Success
  3. Alexander Wang’s Inspiration
  4. Balenciaga

The Origin

Alexander Wang (San Francisco, 26 December 1980) is an American designer of Taiwanese origin. He has had a passion for fashion since adolescence. Alexander Wang followed the call of fashion, left his family (who has always supported him in every choice) and moved to New York.

In the Big Apple he studied at Parsons School, a prestigious school of art and design. This academic path did not fully satisfy him, considering that, after a year of studies, he understands that design is learned in the field.

His Success

The success of Alexander Wang was supported by the Council of Fashion Designers of America for a recognition linked to the womenswear line (2007) which earned him a prize of $200,000. In the awards box, the designer also boasts the Winner Fashion Fund Award organized by Vogue America magazine.

Alexander Wang Spring 2007
Alexander Wang Spring 2007

Wang is credited for creating the anti-conformist fashion. In his collections, individualism has been almost completely annulled, opening the gap for gender fashion. Basic items are supported by fine yarns like cashmere, sometimes mixed with cotton and linen. The color palette is certainly not generous in shades.

Alexander Wang’s Inspiration

Designers like Martin Margiela and Ralph Lauren are, for him, idols to follow because “they are always faithful to their vision”.

“I have never believed in innovation as an end in itself, I prefer to think about what modernity means today. I also searched the word on the dictionary to be really precise: it is modern what you have before you, what you live, your reality, and I reproduce what I see “. Alexander Wang

Balenciaga

Alexander Wang for Balenciaga 2015
Alexander Wang for Balenciaga 2015

His “fashion design”, always unique, allows him to sit on Balenciaga’s ambitious armchair, taking on the role of creative director after his farewell to Nicolas Ghesquière’s house in December 2012. After three years of association, he gives way to Demna Gvasalia.

It is with brands like H & M and Adidas that manages to conquer a good market share. For the low cost fashion chain, Alexander created a capsule collection linked to sportswear fashion. However, for Adidas Original, he revised the aesthetic codes of the brand, turning the historical logo of the company by 180 degrees.