PHE­NOM RIS­ING

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Your at-a-glance guide to the early days of Alexan­der Wang.

• Born and raised in San Fran­cisco, Wang starts draw­ing dresses at age two. He shows his first col­lec­tion at 15, as part of his brother’s wed­ding.

• He moves to New York at 19, stud­ies fash­ion de­sign at Par­sons and in­terns at Teen Vogue and Marc Ja­cobs.

• He drops out of Par­sons to launch his own line—six knitwear pieces—with his sis­terin-law Aimie as his busi­ness part­ner. (She’s now the CEO of Alexan­der Wang.)

• Af­ter spot­ting one of his pieces, Diane von Fursten­berg asks Wang to work for her. He turns her down.

• In 2007, he shows his first col­lec­tion; the fol­low­ing year, Wang wins the CFDA/ Vogue Fash­ion Fund for Young De­sign­ers. Next up? Fame, for­tune and world­wide ac­claim.

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