What you might not know about fashion designer Vera Wang is that she was a competitive skater in her teens. Wang studied at the School of American Ballet in New York, spending a year at Sorbonne and then graduating from Sarah Lawrence College.
Wang was a fashion editor and stylist for Vogue magazine and design director for accessories for Ralph Lauren for sixteen years before making the move into design. The move was prompted when Wang was trying to find a suitable wedding dress for her own wedding in 1989, recalling “I didn’t see anything that was my own sense of modernity.”
Today Wang’s business has gone from strength to strength. Stunning Vera Wang gowns have adorned well-know personalities such as Sharon Stone, Uma Thurman and Mariah Carey on their special days. “Wang’s design room is quite a magical place. There are racks upon racks of bridal gowns, some strapless or with dropped waists, crystal beads, and floral appliqués. On the floor are tulle hats and bolts of fabrics.”
'Devon' gown from SS10 collection
'Dorothy' gown from SS10 collection
'Diedre' gown from SS10 collection
'Diana' gown from SS10 collection
Wang lives in a Park Avenue apartment with her husband Arthur Becker (investment banker) and their two daughters, Josephine and Cecilia. Both girls were adopted as babies by the Wang and Becker.
Although Wang has come from a privileged family, she works hard. She is constantly multitasking, remains focused and is “a superwoman at all times.”
Research for this article comes from Vera Wang by Lynda Richardson, which appears in Legends² - Women who has changed the world through the eyes of great women writers (edited by John and Kirsten Miller, 2004). This is an inspiring, well presented book that explores great women’s achievements through the highest standard of writing.
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