Before Alexander Wang was a household name, he was a fashion closet intern at Vogue — and when he first got there he was "too nervous to even walk past Anna Wintour's office," much less leave the building to get lunch.

"I was in school at Parsons and I'd already interned at Teen Vogue, but this was a completely different experience," Wang said in an interview about his time at the magazine. "Seeing the editors and stylists working with the clothes, seeing the product of all of that come together, it truly opened my eyes. My first day on the job, I was starving, but I was too scared to ask if it was all right to go have lunch. Even though all of the other interns working next to me went out and picked up lunch, I just kept working. Eventually, though, I started eating lunch."

Photo: Alexander Wang photographed by Craig McDean for the 2012 CFDA Journal.