New York-based fashion designer, Vera-Ellen Wang was born on 27th July 1949. She is recognized for wedding and bridesmaid gowns. In addition to this, she designs outfits for figure skaters and produces dresses for exhibitions and competitions.
The early life of Vera-Ellen Wang
Wang comes from a Chinese background but was born and grew up in America. Her parents were from Shanghai and settled in the United States in the 1940s. Her father owned a company of medicines and her mother used to work for United Nations as a translator. She has one younger brother as well. Wang graduated in 1967 from The Chapin School and studied at the University of Paris. Moreover, she went to Sarah Lawrence College and attained a degree in art history.
From the age of six, Wang started figure skating and while she was in high school competed in the United States Figure Skating Championship in 1968. In the same year, Sports Illustrated featured Vera Wang in their Faces in the Crowd issue. When Wang failed to become a part of the US Olympics team, she diverted her attention towards the fashion industry.
Vera-Ellen Wang moved from Vogue to Ralph Lauren
In the early 1970s, Wang served as a senior editor of fashion for Vogue but left the job once she was rejected the post of editor-in-chief. Then she became a director of design at Ralph Lauren for two years. This gave her enough experience to become an entrepreneur herself. Although she became a fashion designer, she never lost touch with skating. Somehow she remained a part of the sport.
Vera-Ellen Wang marital status
In 1989, she married Arthur Becker at an interfaith Jewish-Baptist ceremony. They settled in Manhattan with their adopted children – two daughters. Becker worked as the Chief Executive Officer at NaviSite, an I.T. company, until 2010. In 2012, it was announced that the couple separated in a harmonious way.
Vera-Ellen Wang’s ex-husband, Arthur Becker
Arthur Becker is a known personality because of his entrepreneurial skills and being married to a popular designer, Vera Wang. For seven years, Becker has been a senior adviser to his ex-wife’s company Vera Wang Fashion Company. After Navisite was sold in 2011, Arthur Becker has been a private investor in real estate and technology.
Becker was born in American. In 1972, he went to Bennington University, where he graduated with a degree in Arts (ceramic and photography). This explains why he likes meditation. He later joined Dartmouth College, Amos Tuck School of Business Administration. It was through his learning that he acquired business skills and ideas.
Vera-Ellen Wang into Fashion Design
Wang first received international attention during the 1994 Olympics when she designed a hand-beaded ensemble for figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. Wang has since introduced an equally popular line of elegant evening wear, as well as Vera Wang Made to Order.
In 2001, Wang launched her first fragrance and published a highly anticipated wedding guide. Over the years, her business has expanded to include lingerie, jewelry, home products, and even desserts. In 2006, Wang teamed with Kohl’s, a chain of department stores, to produce an affordable line of ready-to-wear clothing called Simply Vera. She has also reached licensing agreements with Zales, David’s Bridal, and Men’s Wearhouse.
By balancing modern designs with traditional elegance, Wang has acquired a large following, particularly in Hollywood. Her fashions are frequently worn to film premieres and award ceremonies by a number of high-profile actresses, including Halle Berry, Goldie Hawn, Charlize Theron, Anjelica Huston, and Meg Ryan.
Celebrating 30 years in the business, Wang staged an anniversary show during New York Fashion Week in September 2019. The following month, she debuted her 60th bridal collection.
Vera Wang has designed and manufactured wedding dresses for several noted personalities, such as Karenna Gore, Campbell Brown, Avril Lavigne, Victoria Beckham, Sharon Stone, Hilary Duff, Holly Hunter, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Khloe Kardashian, Michelle Obama, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Chelsea Clinton, Ivanka Trump, and Alicia Keys. Furthermore, her dress has been worn by many stars on red carpets, including Sofia Vergara at Emmy Awards, Sandra Bullock at the 2011 Oscars, and Viola Davis at Academy Awards.
Additionally, she has made outfits for figure skaters like Michelle Kwan, Nancy Kerrigan, and Evan Lysacek. She designed the uniforms that are worn by Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders. In 2005, she was presented with an award for the year’s designer for women from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. In 2009, she was honored for her design contributions to the sport of skating.
Vera-Ellen Wang’s other source of income
Apart from designing, Wang released a book as well in 2001, titled Vera Wang on Weddings. After twenty years of opening her first bridal couture shop, the Radcliffe-Harvard Asian American Association presented Wang with the Leadership in Arts Award in 2010. In 2013, Wang was honored with the Geoffery Beene Award for lifetime achievement.
Apart from this, Vera Wang has been a part of the popular culture by being mentioned and appearing in many television shows and movies such as in Sex and the City (film and series), The West Wing, Ugly Betty, Bride Wars, and Totally Spies.
Her wedding gown boutiques have been opened in Australia, Sydney, Tokyo, London, and New York. Her brand also produces eyewear, jewelry, fragrance, shoes, home decorations, and housewares.
Vera-Ellen Wang’s awards and achievements
Arguably the most prominent designer of bridal wear in America, Wang has been honored with a number of accolades for her achievements, including the 1993 Chinese American Planning Council’s Honoree of the Year Award and the 1994 Girl Scout Council’s Woman of Distinction Award. Later that year, she was elected as a member of the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). In 2005, the CFDA selected Wang as the Womenswear Designer of the Year.
In 2019, the iconic designer was honored with the Sandra Taub Humanitarian Award by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Net Worth & Salary of Vera Wang in 2021
Аѕ of Осtоbеr, 2021, Vеrа Wаng hаѕ аn еѕtіmаtеd nеt worth of $700 mіllіоn. Неr соllесtіоnѕ аrе wоn bу hіgh рrоfіlе сеlеbrіtіеѕ. Еvеn thоugh ѕоmе оf thеm аrе аffоrdаblе, ѕоmе соllесtіоnѕ аrе hіghlу-рrісеd. Неr dеаlѕ wіth Dаvіd’ѕ Вrіdаl аnd Коhl рlау а hugе раrt іn hеr grоwіng wеаlth. Неr сlоthіng lіnе, frаgrаnсе, аnd hоmеwаrе аrе thе ѕоurсе оf hеr hugе wеаlth.
Vеrа Wаng’ѕ соllесtіоnѕ аrе ѕоld іn оvеr 55 uрѕсаlе rеtаіl ѕhорѕ аll оvеr thе wоrld. Vеrа іѕ vеrу рорulаr bоth іn thе fаѕhіоn іnduѕtrу аnd thе еntеrtаіnmеnt іnduѕtrу. Тhе lіѕt оf hіgh рrоfіlе whо hаvе wоn hеr dеѕіgnѕ іѕ еndlеѕѕ. Тhе lіѕt іnсludеѕ Наllе Веrrу аnd Меg Rуаn. Vеrа dеѕіgnеd hеr оwn wеddіng gоwn.
Favorite Quotes from Vera Wang
“I never thought I’d be successful. It seems in my own mind that in everything I’ve undertaken I’ve never quite made the mark. But I’ve always been able to put disappointments aside. Success isn’t about the end result; it’s about what you learn along the way.” – Vera Wang
“I was the girl who nobody thought would ever get married. I was going to be a fashion nun for the rest of my life. There are generations of them, those fashion nuns, living, eating, breathing clothes.” – Vera Wang
“I’ve been designing since I was 8. I started sketching dresses I could wear when skating. I was always involved in all aspects of skating, not just the technique, the choreography, the music, but the visual aspects, too – what I should wear.” – Vera Wang
“Figure skating has been a great influence for me. I took dance at the School of American Ballet, which helped my own skating. And whether you are a skater or a dancer, without sounding narcissistic, it is all about looking in the mirror.” – Vera Wang
“There was no relationship between a wedding dress and fashion. There was no good taste, either. I realized that I could make an impression in terms of changing and readdressing the whole industry of bridal.” – Vera Wang