As Zac Posen calls it quits, a look at his most memorable designs - in pictures

The fashion designer, who has dressed first ladies and Hollywood superstars, has announced that his company is ceasing operations

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He has dressed first ladies, music stars and Hollywood royalty, but last night Zac Posen announced that he was calling it quits.

The fashion designer, a red-carpet favourite for the best part of two decades, famed for his figure-hugging gowns, said he was “deeply saddened” that the company could not continue operations, citing an increasingly challenging fashion and retail landscape.

In a statement, he explained that: “"The management team ... worked extremely hard to navigate the increasingly challenging fashion and retail landscape. We are disappointed that these efforts have not been successful."

A graduate of Central Saint Martins, Posen propagated an aesthetic that harked back to the glamour of old Hollywood, and quickly gained a following among A-listers, dressing the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Uma Thurman, Kate Winslet, Naomi Campbell, Rihanna and Katie Holmes.

Among his many memorable looks was a nude mermaid-like gown worn by Gwyneth Paltrow for the Oscars in 2007, an off-the-shoulder gown with a brightly sequined skirt donned by Oprah Winfrey at the Oscars in 2011, and a Cinderella-inspired dress fitted with fibre optics that lit up in the dark, worn by Claire Danes at the 2016 Met Gala. He designed the blush-toned wedding reception gown that Princess Eugenie wore for her 2018 nuptials, and in 2015, decked Michelle Obama in a shiny silver-grey belted dress for the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner.

FILE - In this July 31, 2017 file photo, Zac Posen poses for a photo to promote his new documentary, "House of Z" in New York. Posen is shutting down his namesake label. Posen, 39, said he was “deeply saddened that the journey of nearly 20 years has come to an end.” He launched his label in 2001. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, File)

On Instagram last night, he posted a picture with his team, with a caption that read: “I want to express my appreciation to our extraordinary team and for all those who have stood by me and the brand. I owe a great deal of gratitude for their unwavering support for and dedication to the Company. I am grateful to the team who lent their incomparable talent and commitment along the way. I remain incredibly proud of what we created and hopeful for the future. Love ZP.”