Getting Lost with Zac Posen
Art, hot baths—and rodeos. The peripatetic fashion designer (with a new documentary, House of Z, out this month) answers the Rosewood Questionnaire and reveals his true nature as a traveler. Plus: His favorite places in Dallas.
What attracts you to new destinations?
“I like to go to cities with great museums, and I enjoy returning over the years to see how the art collections evolve. Stepping into a museum and experiencing the works takes you away for a moment.”
What about in Dallas? Any favorite stops here?
“Dallas Contemporary is incredible. There’s deep appreciation of culture here, with private and public collections, which is always exciting to see.
“I also love the rodeo, and I love exposing New Yorkers that don’t know this side of American culture. It’s so interesting, with the German influence on the American West and Southwest, and how the rodeo stylistically evolved into a sport. It’s real and exciting—it’s man and animal.
How do you find inspiration while traveling?
“You never know what will be a source of inspiration. So you need to get your head out of your phone and keep your eyes open. When I travel, and just in my day to day, I try to be an open cultural “receive dish”—from people I meet, different experiences, scents and textures, colors and moods.”
What’s the first thing you do when you arrive someplace new?
“I take very hot epsom salt baths pretty much everywhere. It takes away the toxins from travel. I don’t know whether it’s in my head, but it helps me readjust to time zones.”