43 Gorgeous Zac Posen Dresses We'll Always Remember

Jourdan Dunn, Zac Posen, and Katie Holmes attend the 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019

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Anyone who knows anything about fashion can agree on one thing: It's cyclical. The latest casualties of post-aught consumerism hit this week like a one-two punch: first, the shuttering of storied department store Barneys New York, followed by the announcement that Zac Posen was ending his eponymous label and would not be producing his recently shown S/S 20 collection.

Yes, fashion lovers everywhere took a blow to the gut last week, but as with any end of an era, it's always nice to take a trip down memory lane and recall our favorite moments from stylish years gone by. A homegrown New York City kid, Zac Posen emerged onto the scene in early 2002 and soon earned accolades from both fashion and Hollywood tastemakers. Working with model turned muse Coco Rocha for over a decade, Posen was also a favorite for the red carpet set, regularly dressing megastars such as Rihanna, Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, and good friend Katie Holmes for everything from award shows to Anna Wintour's annual Met Gala.

While we will undoubtedly miss Posen's jaw-droppingly gorgeous gowns this upcoming red carpet season, we'll have to cross our fingers that some archival pieces make their way back into the spotlight over the next few years. In the meantime, join us as we take a look back at some of the wunderkind designer's best runway and red carpet moments that helped defined fashion over the past two decades.

Actress Natalie Portman wearing a Zac Posen dress to attend the 2004 CFDA Fashion Awards

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WHO: Natalie Portman
WHAT: 2004 CFDA Fashion Awards

Mischa Barton during 2005 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

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WHO: Mischa Barton 
WHAT: 2005 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Model Shalom Harlow attends the 2006 CFDA Awards

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WHO: Shalom Harlow
WHAT: 2006 CFDA Fashion Awards

Linsday Lohan at "Poiret: King of Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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WHO: Lindsay Lohan
WHAT: 2007 Met Gala

Beyonce Knowles arrives at "Movies Rock" A Celebration Of Music In Film

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WHO: Beyoncé 
WHAT: 2007 Movies Rock: A Celebration of Music in Film 

Rihanna arrives at the 50th annual Grammy awards

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WHO:  Rihanna 
WHAT: 50th annual Grammy Awards (2008)

Designer Zac Posen (R) and actress Kate Mara arrives to the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala 2008

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WHO: Kate Mara
WHAT: 2008 Met Gala

Rihanna arrives at the 2008 American Music Awards

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WHO: Rihanna
WHAT: 2008 American Music Awards

Kate Winslet attends The Orange British Academy Film Awards 2009

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WHO: Kate Winslet
WHAT: 2009 Orange British Academy Film Awards 

Model Chanel Iman attends "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2009

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WHO: Chanel Iman
WHAT: 2009 Met Gala

Designer Zac Posen and model Devon Aoki attend the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards

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WHO: Devon Aoki
WHAT: 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards 

Actress Christina Hendricks arrives at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2010

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WHO: Christina Hendricks
WHAT: 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2010)

Kim Kardashian attends the 7th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award

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WHO: Kim Kardashian West
WHAT: 7th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award (2010)

Actress Eva Longoria arrives at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards

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WHO: Eva Longoria 
WHAT: 68th annual Golden Globe Awards (2011)

Zac Posen and Christina Ricci attends the "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2011

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WHO: Christina Ricci 
WHAT: 2011 Met Gala

Actress Kristen Wiig arrives to the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011

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WHO: Kristen Wiig 
WHAT: 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards (2011)

Actress Reese Witherspoon arrives at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards

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WHO: Reese Witherspoon
WHAT: 69th annual Golden Globe Awards (2012)

Leslie Bibb attends the "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012

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WHO: Leslie Bibb
WHAT: 2012 Met Gala

Actress January Jones arrives at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards

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WHO: January Jones
WHAT: 64th Primetime Emmy Awards (2012)

Kelly Osbourne arrives at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards

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WHO: Kelly Osbourne
WHAT: 64th Primetime Emmy Awards (2012)

Model Coco Rocha walks the runway at the Zac Posen Spring 2013 fashion show

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WHO: Coco Rocha
WHAT: Zac Posen's S/S 13 fashion show

Actress-director Lena Dunham poses in the press room at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards

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WHO: Lena Dunham
WHAT: 70th annual Golden Globe Awards (2013)

Actress Amanda Seyfried attends the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013

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WHO: Amanda Seyfried 
WHAT: 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013)

Actress Uma Thurman and Fashion designer Zac Posen attend the Costume Institute Gala for the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013

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WHO: Uma Thurman
WHAT: 2013 Met Gala

Model Liu Wen (L) and designer Zac Posen attend the 11th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards

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WHO: Liu Wen 
WHAT: 11th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards (2014)

Model Coco Rocha walks the runway at the Zac Posen fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014

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WHO: Coco Rocha
WHAT: Zac Posen's F/W 14 fashion show 

Rita Ora arrives at the 2014 American Music Awards

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WHO: Rita Ora
WHAT: 2014 American Music Awards 

Liu Wen (L) and Karolina Kurkova arrive at the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art May 5, 2014

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WHO: Liu Wen
WHAT: 2014 Met Gala

Rihanna arrives at the First Annual Diamond Ball 2014

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WHO: Rihanna
WHAT: First annual Diamond Ball (2014)

Fashion designer Zac Posen (L) walks the runway with Supermodel Naomi Campbell (R) at the Zac Posen Autumn Winter 2015 fashion show

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WHO: Naomi Campbell
WHAT: Zac Posen's A/W 15 fashion show

Actress Viola Davis attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards 2015

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WHO: Viola Davis
WHAT: 87th annual Academy Awards (2015)

Karen Elson, Zac Posen and Dita Von Teese attend the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014

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WHO: Karen Elson and Dita Von Teese
WHAT: 2014 Met Gala

(L–R) Hugh Dancy, Claire Danes, and Zac Posen attend the Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016

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WHO: Claire Danes
WHAT: 2016 Met Gala

Actress Emily Ratajkowski and designer Zac Posen attend the 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2016

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WHO: Emily Ratajkowski 
WHAT: 68th annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2016)

Model Iman (L) and designer Zac Posen attend the 19th Annual amfAR New York Gala  2017

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WHO: Iman
WHAT: 19th annual amfAR New York Gala (2017)

Zac Posen and Katie Holmes attend "Rei Kawakubo/Commes Des Garcons: Art of the In-Between", the 2017 Costume Institute Benefit at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017

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WHO: Katie Holmes
WHAT: 2017 Met Gala

Zac Posen, Miley Cyrus poses at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards 2018

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WHO: Miley Cyrus
WHAT: 60th annual Grammy Awards (2018)

Tavi Gevinson and Zac Posen attend the 72nd Annual Tony Awards 2018

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WHO: Tavi Gevinson
WHAT: 72nd annual Tony Awards (2018)

Joey King (L) and Zac Posen attend the 70th Emmy Awards 2018

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WHO: Joey King
WHAT: 70th Emmy Awards (2018)

Zac Posen and Katie Holmes attend The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion

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WHO: Katie Holmes
WHAT: 2019 Met Gala

Fashion designer Zac Posen and model FeiFei Sun are seen arriving to the 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards

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WHO: FeiFei Sun
WHAT: 2019 CFDA Fashion Awards

Winnie Harlow and Zac Posen attend as Harper's BAZAAR celebrates "ICONS By Carine Roitfeld"  2019

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WHO: Winnie Harlow 
WHAT: Icons by Carine Roitfeld Party 2019