VERA WANG: The Fashion Designer Who Shaped the Global Fashion Industry - Fashion Worldwide
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Vera Wang was a pioneer who shaped the future of the fashion design and the business of fashion itself. She started her career in true posh style with a bridal boutique in New York City’s The Carlyle Hotel back in 1990. Today, she has a true lifestyle brand that includes ready-to-wear collections, bridal collections, accessories, fragrances and housewares.

She is a New York based fashion designer born on 27th July 1949. Wang was born into an affluent family in New York City. Her parents were immigrants from Shanghai. Her father was an entrepreneur who made his fortune in the pharmaceutical industry, while her mother worked as a translator at the United Nations. Wang credits her mother with introducing her to fashion. Here is the story!

“My mother and I went to a couture show when [Yves Saint Laurent] was on Rue Spontini. That was his first couture house. It was a little atelier — 33 Rue Spontini, I still remember the address. So I really have been educated in fashion. I grew up with it, exposed to the greatest.”

1967

She attended the elite Chapin School and the School of American Ballet, before enrolling at Sarah Lawrence College. During her sophomore year, Wang briefly studied abroad at the Sorbonne in Paris, but returned to the US to complete her degree in art history.

1968

Sports Illustrated featured Vera Wang in their Faces in the Crowd issue. When Wang failed to become a part of the US Olympics team, she diverted her attention towards the fashion industry.

1970

Wang served as a senior editor of fashion for Vogue but left the job once she was rejected the post of editor-in-chief. Although she became a fashion designer, she never lost touch with skating. Somehow this sport is part of herself.

“The ongoing truth is I would have done anything to be in fashion. Still, I always felt privileged to have this job. How lucky am I to have gotten here?”, Wang said in an interview.

1987

She became a director of design at Ralph Lauren for 2 years. This gave her the courange and the experience to become an entrepreneur.

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1989

Wang married Arthur Becker at a interfaith Jewish-Baptist ceremony. They settled in Manhattan with their adopted children, 2 daughters. She designed her own wedding dress before even the opening of her first bridal boutique. In 2012, it was announced that the couple separated in a harmonious way.

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1990

With some financial backing from her father, Wang opened her own bridal boutique in the Carlyle Hotel on Madison Avenue in New York City. Indulging mostly celebrities, the Vera Wang Bridal House initially offered couture gowns by the most famous designers Guy Laroche, Arnold Scaasi, Carolina Herrera, and Christian Dior.

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1994

Wang first received international attention during at the Olympics when she designed a hand-beaded ensemble for figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. Wang has since introduced the concept of elegant evening wear, as well as Vera Wang Made to Order – a collection of couture designs that are available exclusively at the Manhattan boutique. Up until this point, her bridal and evening apparel are sold at over 55 upscale retailers, including Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

2001

Wang also released a book as well, titled Vera Wang on Weddings. After 20 years of opening her first bridal couture shop, the Radcliffe-Harvard Asian American Association presented Wang with the Leadership in Arts Award in 2010.

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2005

The Chinese fashion designer was presented with an award for the year’s designer for women from the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

2006

Wang closed a deal with Kohl’s, a chain of department stores, to produce an affordable line of ready-to-wear clothing exclusively for them called Simply Vera.

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2009

Vera Wang was honored for her design contributions to the sport of skating. She is so popular, in fact, that she has been considered to be a contestant for the celebrity television competition Dancing with the Stars, according to a 2009 report in People magazine.

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2013

Wang was honored with the Geoffery Beene Award for the whole lifetime achievement in the fashion industry and not only.

2016

Her wedding gown boutiques have been opened in Australia, Sydney, Tokyo, London and New York. Her brand also produces eyewear, jewelry, fragrance, shoes, home decorations and house wares.

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FACTS:

  • The fashion designer has been a part of the popular culture by being mentioned and appearing in many TV shows and movies: Sex and the City (film and series), The West Wing, Ugly Betty, Bride Wars and Totally Spies.
  • Vera Wang has designed wedding dresses for several personalities, such as Avril Lavigne, Karenna Gore, Michelle Obama, Campbell Brown, Hilary Duff, Victoria Beckham, Sharon Stone, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Holly Hunter, Khloe Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Keys, Chelsea Clinton, Ivanka Trump and many more.
  • She designed evening gowns for the red carpets all over the world: Sofia Vergara (Emmy Awards), Viola Davis (Academy Awards), Sandra Bullock (2011 Oscars), Rita Ora (2011 Met Gala).

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  • She has a T-shirt obsession. In fact, she has an entire room filled with nothing more than… T-shirts. The tops are all carefully organized by the designer label and are almost exclusively in Wang’s terms.
  • She considers Anna Wintour a close friend. In fact, the editor-in-chief of Vogue since 1988, once dated Wang’s brother.

Vera Wang and Anna Wintour (2008) © Patrick McMullan. Photo Source: Guest of a Guest. NEIL RASMUS/PatrickMcMullan.com

  • One of the most surprising facts about Wang is her wrinkle-free complexion.

Known for balancing modern designs with traditional elegance, Vera Wang is arguably the most prominent designer of bridal wear in America. She is well known for wedding and bridesmaid gowns. In addition to this, she designs outfits for figure skaters, and designes dresses for exhibitions and competitions.

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