Vera Wang Biography
Vera Wang was the born and bred New York girl who worked hard and made good. Her early ambitions were on the ice rink as she battled to be a professional ice skater, but with a family background in business she decided to follow her other all consuming passion for fashion and was employed by Vogue magazine and showing both talent and dedication she was quickly promoted until she became one of their youngest editors.
This was to be a great grounding as she stayed with Vogue for 17 highly enjoyable years before jumping ship to take a post working for the brand Ralph Lauren. After a further 2 years working with Ralph Lauren she felt she had learned enough about the fashion industry and was itching to start her own label and Vera had already seen the niche she was about to fill, bridal gowns.
Wang opened her first store in 1990 at the Carlyle Hotel in New York and her wedding dresses had an immediate impact as the fashionistas of high society, rock and roll and Hollywood all came knocking on her door looking for a Vera Wang designed bridal gown.
As her brand grew so did her retail outlets that currently grace some of the finest cities across the globe and with this prestige comes opportunities so Vera expanded her range and now her brand sells eyewear, fragrances and ready to wear fashion items all touched with the Vera Wang attention to detail and stylish look that her followers have come to adore.
Vera has appeared in numerous TV shows (usually playing herself) and has featured in a couple of movies. On top of this she somehow found time in her busy schedule to pen a book called Vera Wang on Weddings.
Her forward thinking ideas turned the bridal gown industry upside down in the 1990's and her gowns have had fashion editors eking out deeper superlatives for their readers to drool over and dream about their own big day. So yes, she has been a big inspiration to many so this is my compilation of 20 of the best Vera Wang quotes.
Quotes About Vera Wang
The writer Zhuorui Fu described her thus: "She is an icon of women and their dreams. She came from the minority backgrounds that have enthralled many ... She is rich and powerful. Her paparazzi charm defies age. The iconoclast Vera Wang showed women that they could be that much as they age"
The question Ralph Lauren asked Vera in her interview:
"What don’t you like about my clothes?" Vera replied:
"Do you want me to answer with what you wish to hear? Or do you want me to tell you the truth?" Ralph said:
"The truth". Vera's response was a measured and constructively critical assessment, she got the job and the rest is history.
Her father Cheng Ching Wang who was a successful businessman advised her thus:
"Look, I know you want to be creative. But business is creative"