Alexander Wang

Born in 1983 to Taiwanese-American parents in San Francisco, Wang grew up in the Bay Area and at the age of 18 moved to New York to study at the Parsons School of Design. He interned for Marc Jacobs, Teen VogueVogue, and Derek Lam, then dropped out of Parsons to launch a line of unisex sweaters. “When Wang was photographed by The New York Times at a party wearing a sweater with an intarsia image of a girl smoking on the back,” Vogue’s Sarah Mower would write in 2010, “buyers came clamoring for the casual, downbeat clothes at newly accessible prices by the cool kid with the model friends.”