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John Pfeiffer

Casting Director

The established casting director has helped longtime clients like Michael Kors and Bottega Veneta perfect their runway lineups.


John Pfeiffer began his career as a casting agent in 1992. He has gone on to forge his position at the heart of the New York modelling scene, while maintaining links to European fashion weeks, in particular Paris.

Pfeiffer’s US clients have included Michael Kors , Donna Karen, Prabal Gurung , J Mendel, Vera Wang , Oscar de la Renta , Victoria's Secret and Diane Von Furstenberg. In Paris, he has cast for Akris, Hussein Chalayan , John Galliano and Christian Dior.

Describing his workload at New York Fashion Week, Pfeiffer told, “I have longer term relationships with many of the designers. For example with Michael Kors and Donna Karan , I’ve worked with them for about 10 years so the casting process is much easier. I know what they like and what works for them. Laying the groundwork is important so that when you get into the week, as much as possible is already done. I see girls year round, I know the direction the designers are going. I don’t have big casting calls but the new girls do get a fair shake with me.”

He advises new models to, “Always walk around as much as possible. People are looking at you all the time. You never know what casting director or blogger will be around, so you always have to look the part.”

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