So I definitely know that I won’t be going down as most consist blogger of the year but in my defence I have been absolutely swamped with great projects that I can’t wait to share once we’ve finally made our way through the alphabet. Almost there.
Today’s post is for all the brides to be out there, this designer is synonymous with great bridal wear. Her designs fuse classic and contemporary elements and there is always a powerful sense of class. She is one of my favourite designers over all but when it comes to bridal she is really top notch.
We take a brief look at
(Vera) Wang: Wedding Gowns
Vera Ellen Wang, born June 27, 1949 and raised in New York City, she is of Chinese descent. Wang graduated from The Chapin School in 1967, and went on to attend the University of Paris. From there she earned a degree in art history from Sarah Lawrence College. As a child, Wang figure skated from the age of eight, she competed at the 1968 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. When she failed to make the US Olympics team, she entered the fashion industry.
Wang instantly took the fashion world by storm and began working for Vogue magazine in 1970. Within a year, at the age of 23, Wang was promoted to senior fashion editor, a title she held for the 15 years. In 1987, she opted to leave Vogue to take a job as design director for accessories at Ralph Lauren.
It was in 1989, when Wang wed long-time boyfriend Arthur Becker. Having been frustrated with the slim selection of existing bridal wear, she elected to sketch her own design and commissioned a dressmaker to tailor the elaborate gown.
The following year, with some financial backing from her father, Wang opened her own bridal boutique in the upscale Carlyle Hotel on Madison Avenue in New York City. She has since opened bridal boutiques in New York, London, Tokyo and Sydney. Wang has also expanded her brand name through her equally popular line of elegant evening wear, as well as Vera Wang Made to Order—a collection of couture designs that are available exclusively at the Manhattan boutique; her fragrance, jewellery, eyewear, shoe and home ware collections.
Wang first received international recognition during the 1994 Olympics when she designed a hand-beaded ensemble for figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. Since then she has dressed many famous brides and Hollywood golden girls, even having her designs featured in a few films and TV shows.
In October 2001, her book, Vera Wang on Weddings, was released and in June 2005, she won the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Womenswear Designer of the Year.
Other awards also included the 2006 André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Wang was also inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2009, and was honoured for her contribution to the sport as a costume designer.
Twenty years after opening her first bridal boutique, Wang was awarded the Leadership in the Arts Award by the Harvard-Radcliffe Asian American Association. With twenty years in the business, Wang shows no sign of stopping and her great work continues to grace the red carpet as well as in many famous wedding albums.’
We take a look at a few of the famous gowns that Wang has created.
And her most recent collection of wedding gowns:
Her work continues to amaze with incredible attention to detail and ultimate beauty.
“I see myself as a true modernist. Even when I do a traditional gown, I give it a modern twist. I go to the past for research. I need to know what came before so I can break the rules.”
~ Vera Wang
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Thank VB xx