Celebrity Homes: Zac Posen Buyes a New York City Duplex – Stepping into this duplex apartment on New York’s Upper East Side, you might think Marie Antoinette lived there. Covered in dainty prints, the two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home has an elegant, traditional feel—which makes it full of potential for new owner Zac Posen.
The fashion designer recently purchased the NYC penthouse for $3.5 million, reports StreetEasy. The interiors aren’t the only standout feature of the apartment, though there are many beautiful details, including a wood-burning fireplace with a Chesney marble mantel, floor-to-ceiling glass doors, and seven closets throughout (perfect for the Project Runway judge). Outside, there’s an 1,800-square-foot terrace that’s beautifully landscaped. Only time will tell how Posen dresses up the place.
Posen was born and raised to a Jewish family in New York City, residing in the SoHo neighborhood of lower Manhattan. He is the son of Susan, a corporate lawyer, and Stephen Posen, an artist. His interest in fashion design started early, and as a child he would steal yarmulkes from his grandparents’ synagogue to make ball dresses for dolls.
He attended Saint Ann’s School, a private school in Brooklyn and in his sophomore year interned with fashion designer Nicole Miller.As a teen, he also won a Scholastic Art and Writing Award. At age 16 he enrolled in the pre-college program at Parsons The New School for Design. He graduated from Saint Ann’s in 1999. For three years, Posen was mentored by curator Richard Martin at The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
At age 18, he was accepted into the womenswear degree program at London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design at the University of the Arts London. In 2001, Posen constructed a gown entirely made from thin leather strips and dressmaker hooks and eyes that was displayed by the Victoria and Albert Museum and featured in their “Curvaceous” exhibition.
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