• Solange McKenzie

Vera Wang: A Career Like No Other

Vera Wang

Vera Wang is Asian-American Designer who has made many great contributions to the Fashion Industry. She is mostly known for her Bridal designs but has had an extensive career.

Bridal dress design by Vera Wang

Wang's starts her story off as a figure skater. She began skating competitively at the age of 8. While in High School in 1968 , she competed in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and was featured in Sports Illustrated, 1968 Faces in the Crowd issue. She then tried out for the U.S. Olympic team, but did not make the cut. Vera realized the rejection was in fact redirection to her true calling which was fashion. After graduating college, she worked at Vogue Magazine. Wang made history, as she was the youngest editor the magazine ever had. After 17 years, she left Vogue and worked at Ralph Lauren for 2 years. When Wang resigned from Ralph Lauren in 1989, she started her Bridal Wear line. A year later she opened her first design salon in New York City. Since starting her bridal line, she has made wedding dresses for some of our favorite celebrities like Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Victoria Beckham, Khloe Kardashian, and more. In addition to her wedding dresses, influential people like Viola Davis and Michelle Obama have worn her evening-wear designs as well. She has even expanded to Australia and Korea, opening flagship stores in both regions.

Nancy Kerrigan in Vera Wang Skating Costume

Wang also tapped back into her figure skating roots and designed Olympic costumes for Michelle Kwan, Nancy Kerrigan, and others for the 1992, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010, and 2018 Winter Olympics. These designs got her inducted into the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame. In addition, she designed the uniforms for the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders. Wang has also received many awards over the course of her career. In 2006, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) awarded her the André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013 she received the Council of Fashion Designers of America Lifetime award. She was also 34th on Forbes list of America's Richest Self-Made Women in 2018. Lastly, she has made her designs more accessible by collaborating with stores such as David's Bridal, with her "White" line, Men's Wearhouse, by designing two different tuxedo styles.

Michelle Obama in Vera Wang

-Solange McKenzie

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