Long before he was the toast of the downtown fashion scene (well, ok, not that long before — he is only 28), Alexander Wang was just a lowly intern in the Vogue fashion closet, cutting his teeth hauling garment bags and meticulously noting incoming samples just like the rest of us.
Although, by the sounds of things, he did have cooler hair. As a part of the glossy’s “Vogue Stories” series, the designer describes his experience interning at the magazine back while he was still toiling away at Parsons School Of Design:
“The way I dressed then was not too far off from my style now, maybe a little less black. I was going through a crazy stage where I would dye my hair all sorts of different colors, and one day someone told me that Grace [Coddington] had been talking about my hair—I think it was this ashy lavender-blond at the time. I was experimenting, and I was just thrilled she even noticed me. Of course, the next day I woke up and discovered I was allergic to peroxide . . . not a good experience.”
Ouch. Also not a good experience? Starving his way through his first day because he was “too scared to ask if it was all right to go have lunch.” And though he eventually worked up the courage to make the daily run to the Condé cafeteria, strolling past Anna Wintour‘s office was another story entirely:
“I can remember the days when I was too nervous to even walk past Anna Wintour’s office; I would devise all these different ways to find my way to the bathroom.”