Vera Wang

VERA WANG A BALANCE OF MODERN DESIGN AND TRADITIONAL ELEGANCE

 

Born June 27, 1949 in New York City, as daughter of affluent Chinese immigrants, Wang spent her pampered childhood on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. She attended the elite Chapin School and the School of American Ballet, before enrolling at Sarah Lawrence College to study art history.

 

A talented figure skater, Wang competed professionally throughout her teens but abandoned her skating career upon graduating from college and began working for Vogue magazine as Senior Fashion Editor. She held that position for 15 years prior to working for Ralph Lauren as design director, which started in 1987.

 

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The following year, with some financial support from her father, Wang opened her own bridal boutique in the upscale Carlyle Hotel on Madison Avenue in New York City. The Vera Wang Bridal House initially offered couture gowns by the famed designers Guy Laroche, Arnold Scaasi, Carolina Herrera, and Christian Dior, but a few years later, lauched her own signature collection of streamlined and sophisticated bridal wear. Wang first received international attention during the 1994 Olympics when she designed a hand-beaded ensemble for figure skater Nancy Kerrigan.

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