What’s it like to be a fashion icon, fashionista, muse? Just ask Rosemary Ponzo, she is a fashion front row favorite during fashion week, and the most notable fashion photographers photograph her regularly. She has had innumerable photographs in Bill Cunningham’s New York Times features: On The Street, Sunday Styles, Evening Hours and Newport Nightcap. She is also a perennial subject for Patrick McMullan’s social outings about town. Now added to her already impressive portfolio of fashion clippings and photographs released this week the new issue of “Time Out New York: The Most Fashionable Iconic Woman in New York. Is it all fluff? Smoke and mirrors? A facade? No way. There is substance behind her stance.
“People think of me as Holly go lightly” Rosemary sighed. However Rosemary is an accomplished costume designer and multitalented stylist. Her personal styling clients are: Rudy Giuliani, Prince, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sandra Oh, Josh Lucas, Tom Selleck, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon and Rapper Jim Jones.
She has designed the costumes for feature films and Broadway. Her film credits include : “The Cotton Club” and “Minotaur”, Her most notable Broadway credits are: “The Art of Desi Arnez”-“All Night Strut”, “Caged” and “Noises Off”. Some of the celebrities she has costumed include : Sarah Brightman, Mary J. Blige and Michael Bolton,
She is popular in Japan: “Sushi Prince does New York: a Warner Brothers film”. In this film she had to do a recreation of Andy Warhol’s Factory.
She styled innumerable commercials and MTV spots nationally and internationally.
Along with her accomplishments she has created her own program at FIT called: Costume Design-Stylist in the Professional Studies Department.
Her unique style is her very own. Her outfits — are always topped off with an outlandish hat, almost always designed by her. For sure some of these chapeaus would have been welcomed at William and Katherine’s wedding.