Designer Highlight: Vera Wang

Designer of the Week-Vera Wang

Our designer of the week goes to Vera Wang. Who hasn’t heard of a Vera Wang wedding gown? Born and raised in New York City, and of Chinese descent, her parents were born in China and came to the United States in the 1940’s. She earned a degree in Art History from Sarah Lawrence College. Before that she began figure skating at the age of eight and competed in the 1968 US Figure Skating Championships. She was featured in Sports Illustrated Faces In The Crowd in January 9, 1968. When she failed to make the US Olympics team, she entered the fashion industry.

After graduation from Sarah Lawrence College, Wang was hired to be an editor at Vogue (she was the youngest editor at Vogue). She was there for 17 years. She left in 1987 to join Ralph Lauren for two years. At 40, she resigned to become an independent bridal wear designer. The rest is history! Besides her bridal gowns, Wang has designed costumes for figure skaters including Nancy Kerrigan, and Michelle Kwan, to name a few. Wang was inducted in the the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2009 for her contribution to the sport as a costume designer.

Many celebrities have worn her gowns on the red carper from Viola Davis to Sophia Vergara. Vera Wang has been recognized by many including the Andre Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006 and was awarded the Council of Fashion Designers of America Lifetime Award in 2013. What a long and magnificent career she has had and continues to have.

Follow her on IG@: verawanggang

Contributing Writer: Gail Preddy, Secretary of the Pearls

Photo Credit: www.wedding-venue.co.uk and www.henkerman.com.au

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