Saying Goodbye to the House of Z

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Zac Posen. Many know him from his iconic Met Gala looks or the Cinderella dress went viral on the internet. 

Posen has been in the fashion world since he was very young — going to Parsons School of Design at age 16. Since then, he has created the House of Z, his own brand. His collections really began to take off when actress, Natalie Portman, wore a Posen gown to one of her movie premiers. 

In 2001, a Vogue editor sat front row at his first ever fashion week in New York City. Since that show, he has created many iconic looks.  

In early November of 2019, Posen announced The House of Z, a fashion empire, will be closing their doors. Posen is often considered an artist by fashion critics due to his drapery-style dresses. He carefully crafts each and every aspect of the dress.

In an article by Vogue titled “Zac Posen’s House of Z has Closed its Doors,” they explain the reason why the House of Z is closing. The company has been in the process of being sold since April. Yucaioa Cos., the investment company, has been looking to sell off their portion of the company. 

The House of Z released a statement that reads, “determined to cease business operations and carry out an orderly disposition of its assets … the Board of Managers made this difficult decision following a comprehensive strategic and financial review of the businesses … The Board of Managers is disappointed with this outcome but can no longer continue operations and believe an orderly disposition at this stage is the best course of action, under the circumstances.” 

In the same article by Vogue, Posen states that he was trying to find the right partner for some time, but he ran out of time. He goes on to explain that it is a difficult time for the industry. He notified his staff of around 60 people that they were no longer going to be employed by House of Z on November 1. 

In honor of House of Z closing, VALLEY picked out some of Posen’s most iconic looks. 

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The most memorable for many is Claire Danes’ look for the 2016 Met Gala. The dress was composed of lights that made the dress glow. Posen’s take on the 2016 theme — Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology. 

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The Gwyneth Paltrow gown from the 2017 Oscars. Posen says to The Hollywood Reporter that this is “one of my favorite gowns and proudest red carpet moments. I vividly remember the pre-Oscars party, when she came down the red carpet; the whole evening was magical.” 

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Who wouldn’t want to dress Oprah Winfrey? Posen kept the design simple but accentuated the shape in all the right spots for her, and the dress is just absolutely stunning. 

Posen’s House of Z will be missed; however, this isn’t the end for Posen as a designer and creator. He states to Vogue he will need to rethink where his creativity and love can be put into a new community.


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