Get to Really Know Alexander Wang on MetLiveArts' Show 'The Atelier'
“I have a very special gift, and it’s that I don’t get hung-over.”
Alexander Wang was Alina Cho’s latest guest on her MetLiveArts show The Atelier. In a rare live interview with the designer, Cho discussed Wang’s 10 years in the business he started at age 20, his creative process and more. The revealing 1-1 exchange will have you humbled-yet-bowed over.
We’ve summarized the video (starts around 3:25:00) below. Get to know the man behind those studded-bottom designs you love.
Collaborating with Apple Music: “Apple has always been a brand that I’ve had humongous respect for. They are so much more than just their computers, they are a lifestyle brand. I was beyond excited by the opportunity when they contacted us and we were trying to figure out what it could be and what would be appealing to the fashion sector and create a seamless world and platform for people to go and see music and fashion. That’s kind of how I see the world today: There aren’t clean lines that segment a musician from a fashion designer. Everyone is their own brand.”
Handling the unexpected: “When something doesn’t go well or doesn’t turn out like expected, I just say, okay, let’s move on to the next thing. There’s no time to dwell on it. Why did this happen? What did we learn from it? And move on.”
Attending the Met Gala with Beyoncé and Amy Schumer: “The Met Ball is a scary thing for me. There’s a lot of people screaming at you, a lot of people saying, ‘Get out of the way, we want her.’ So I just want to go with someone that I’m going to have a great time with.
Amy was someone that I love and on my list of people that I wanted to go with this year. I had never met her until this opportunity came. My people reached out to her people. Meeting her at her apartment, she’s one of those people that as soon as you meet her you feel completely at comfort. She’s so down to earth, and so real — there’s nothing pretentious. She’s a breath of fresh air.
It’s the one event where music, fashion, actors, artists all come together … I had a really good table. I was across from Beyoncé and I was like, “I don’t care about anything anymore.”
Choosing one talent: “I have a very special gift, and it’s that I don’t get hung-over.”
Throwing a good party: “As much as I work in fashion, and I love fashion, the two things about people in fashion sometimes is that there’s too much ego and too much shame. And for me, I’m not perfect but I like to have fun, and if I’m going to throw a party, I want people to have fun, not sit around and drink champagne and say, ‘Hiiiiii.’ You’ve already seen me three times today — let’s dance.”
- The Cut