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born 1949

New Yorker Vera Wang was determined to have a career as a competitive figure skater. When her Olympic dreams were cut short, she channeled the grace + discipline she'd learned on the rink into a new field ~ fashion. At 23, Vera became the youngest ever senior editor at Vogue. 20 years later, the industry insider decided to try her hand at design. And, fill a gap in the market.

Vera's pioneering brand did something many in the fashion world doubted could be done ~ bring high fashion to bridal. Today, Vera's label is synonymous with lux couture weddings + gorgeous gowns. But, she's also branched out far beyond a woman's big day, translating her vision "out" to become a design mogul. With lines of ready-to-wear apparel, housewares, stationary, perfumes + jewelry, more people can enjoy the stylish fruits of Vera's one-of-a-kind point of view.

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her quotes

all quotes by Vera Wang (11)

"A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her clothes."

The Beijing Fur Show | may 2002

"I adore the challenge of creating truly modern clothes where a woman’s personality and sense of self are revealed. I want people to see the dress, but focus on the woman."

The Beijing Fur Show | may 2002

"Clothes are my passion and my knowledge. I’ve studied fashion from every angle – historically and critically, cerebrally and emotionally."

The Beijing Fur Show | november 2002

"Figure skating gave me that love of beauty, that love of line. And, that love of telling a story of some sort and reaching people emotionally."

Vera Wang: Fashion and Figure Skating | december 2007

"If you can bring your own concept or your viewpoint and translate it not down but out, then you’re really successful in the truest sense."

Interview magazine | december 2010

"Both fashion and figure skating are subjective arenas, and there are no guarantees."

Vera on Ice | december 2011

"I'm the girl who no one sees at the beach . . . Normally, I'm in so many layers, I look like Lawrence of Arabia!"

Harper's Bazaar | january 2012

"I am not the sort of woman who would wear high heels with a bathing suit. Let's get that straight right now."

Harper's Bazaar | january 2012

"The very fact you have the power...to set trends and to make sociological statements, not just fashion statements, that’s very powerful. You build an innate respect not only for fashion but for women."

Behind-the-Scenes with Vera Wang | march 2015

"It’s about encouraging women, not intimating them."

Behind-the-Scenes with Vera Wang | march 2015

"Life isn't always measured by tangible results."

Vera Wang Says | june 2015
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