Vera Wang Quotes
- Mini Bio
- Name: Vera Ellen Wang
- Born: 27th June 1949, New York City, New York, U.S.
- Alma mater: Sarah Lawrence College
- Occupation: Fashion designer
- Famous for: Her couture wedding dress designs
- Designed for: She has designed wedding dresses for the following: Alicia Keys, Avril Lavigne, Campbell Brown, Chelsea Clinton, Heidi Klum, Hilary Duff, Jennifer Garner, Jessica Simpson, Karenna Gore, Ivanka Trump, Mariah Carey, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Susan Downey, the Kardashian sisters Khloe and Kim, Tiffani Thiessen and Victoria Beckham to name but a few
- Trivia: In her younger days she had serious designs on becoming a professional figure skater but when she was not selected for the 1968 winter olympics she turned to her other love fashion design
"I want people to see the dress, but focus on the woman"
"When you’re an owner, you never forget. There are people whose livelihoods depend on you. So every decision I make, I consider whether it’s about my ego or the reality of the business"
"People have done far better than me in far shorter periods of time, but that wasn't my story. It was brick by brick, client by client, store by store. It's been a trip of passion"
"I think when you start there's a certain innocence because of that freedom, and as you evolve you begin to see the parameters of what you can and can't do"
"I make decisions that are very tiny that will affect an hour of work, I make decisions that will impact the lives of the people that work for me"
"Don’t be afraid of failing. I think not trying is worse than failing. Have the courage to try. Otherwise, what are we here for"
"I’d been on the artistic side - pictures and styling and Vogue and responsible for the design of 18 lines of accessories at Ralph"
"It's in fashion as well, micro work, a centimeter of proportion and then it's macro to see what a vision is on the red carpet"
"Ralph sold his vision of America to the world, and his teams believed in him. If anyone didn’t, the door was right there"
"My normal routine is pretty much putting out fires all day"
"A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her clothes"
"Success isn't about the end result; It's about what you learn along the way"
"I wear many hats, I have to be a promoter, a designer, a costumer of movie stars and celebrities, and a businesswoman"
"It's good to work for other people. I worked for others for 20 years. They paid me to learn"
"It’s not about failure, it’s about how much you love what you do"
"When I dress a woman, my design intention is to give them an attitude or a grace"
"There should be some sort of woman or lifestyle or attitude in one's head as a designer"
"When you love something, every day goes by in 10 minutes"
"I see myself as an arbiter of taste"
"All I did my first year at Vogue was Xerox"
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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"