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Updates on Past Fashion Foundation Winners

Since 2001, the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation (EDFF) has given dozens of emerging fashion designers the chance of a lifetime: a $25,000 grant to help them showcase their collections at New York Fashion Week. Many Fashion Foundation winners - think Zac Posen, Derek Lam and Proenza Schouler - have become today's most sought-after fashion designers. And Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation helped start it all.

Here's a look at a few of our winners' incredible success stories.

Zac Posen

Since becoming one of the first-ever Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation winners in 2002, Zac Posen has shot to stardom as a fashion icon. The charismatic designer is a favorite among the Hollywood elite, creating pieces for stylish celebrities such as Beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Natalie Portman, Rihanna and Gwyneth Paltrow. Posen's designs also have graced the silver screen in hit movies, such as The Devil Wears Prada and Sex and the City.

Posen has received many of fashion's top honors: the Council of Fashion Designers of America Perry Ellis Award, the Prix de la Moda New Designer of the Year Award and an honorary doctorate from San Francisco's Academy of Art University. Posen has partnered with numerous big-name brands, creating a capsule collection for Target Australia and a limited edition tote for DHL, with proceeds benefiting TeachersCount.

Posen expanded his womenswear line with the launch of Zac Posen Handbags in Fall 2004, and has since announced the development of a signature fragrance and watch collection.

Proenza Schouler

Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough, the designers behind 2003 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation winner Proenza Schouler, have brought their label to "It" status in the fashion industry. The design duo has created looks for A-list fashionistas, including Demi Moore, Kate Bosworth and Maggie Gyllenhall, who wore a Proenza Schouler gown to the 2007 Academy Awards.

Proenza Schouler has received top honors from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, including the Swarovski Perry Ellis Award for Ready-to-Wear and the Womenswear Designer of the Year Award. In 2006, the pair partnered with mass retailer Target to design a limited edition collection for its "Go International" program, featuring stylish everyday looks and accessories. In 2008, Proenza Schouler announced a partnership with Giuseppi Zanotti to produce a collection of women's shoes.

Derek Lam

Derek Lam has become one of the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation's breakout stars. Since his win in 2004, Lam has climbed the ranks of the fashion elite, designing looks for stylish celebrities such as Jennifer Garner, Liv Tyler and Rachel Bilson.

In addition to his Fashion Foundation win, Derek Lam has received top honors from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, including the Perry Ellis Swarovski Award for Womenswear and the Accessory Designer of the Year Award. In 2006, Lam launched his own handbag and shoe line. One year later, he was named creative director for luxury retailer Tod's ready-to-wear and accessories collections.


After winning the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation award in 2005, Thakoon Panichgul quickly became a favorite with the fashion press, top stylists and Hollywood stars, including Rachel Bilson, Demi Moore and Sarah Jessica Parker. In 2007, Thakoon-along with fellow EDFF winners Doo Ri and Rodarte-partnered with the GAP for the retailer's Gap Design Editions program, recreating the classic white shirt with a limited edition design. Later that same year, he was tapped by Hogan, the Italian accessories and fashion label, to work on a special collaborative project.


Laura and Kate Mulleavy, sisters and designers of Rodarte, have become the darlings of the fashion industry. Since their 2006 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation win, the design duo has been nominated for several Council of Fashion Designers of America awards. Rodarte designs have been displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, and celebrity style mavens like Keira Knightly, Kirsten Dunst, Cate Blanchett, and Chloe Sevigny have strutted down the red carpet in the Rodarte label.

In 2007, the pair partnered with mega-retailer GAP as part of the Gap Design Editions program. Along with fellow Fashion Foundation winners Thakoon and Doo Ri, Rodarte created a limited edition white shirt collection that appeared in stores nationwide.

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