Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Designer Spotlight Vera Wang

The talented and powerful fashion mogul Vera Wang is an American fashion designer based in New York City and former figure skater. She is known for her wide range of haute couture bridesmaid gowns andwedding gown collections, as well as for her clientele of elite ladies figure skaters, designing dresses for competitions and exhibitionsShe graduated from The Chapin School in 1967, attended the University of Paris and earned a degree in art historyfrom Sarah Lawrence College. Wang began figure skating at the age of six.While in high school, she trained with pairs partner James Stuart, and competed at the 1968 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. She was featured in Sports Illustrated'Faces in the Crowd in the January 9, 1968 issue. When she failed to make the US Olympics team, she entered the fashion industry.Wang continues to enjoy skating, saying, "Skating is multidimensional."

Beginning in 1970, Wang was a senior fashion editor for Vogue[6] but left Vogue after being turned down for the editor-in-chief position currently filled by Anna Wintour and joined Ralph Lauren as a design director for two years.
In 1990, she opened her own design salon in the Carlyle Hotel in New York that features her trademark bridal gowns.
Wang has made wedding gowns for many well-known public figures, such as Chelsea ClintonKarenna Gore,[Ivanka TrumpCampbell Brown,Alicia KeysMariah CareyVictoria BeckhamAvril LavigneJennifer Lopez , Jennifer GarnerSharon StoneSarah Michelle GellarHilary DuffUma ThurmanHolly HunterKate HudsonKhloe Kardashian and Kim Kardashian. Wang's evening wear has also been worn by Michelle Obama
She has designed costumes for figure skaters, including Nancy KerriganMichelle Kwan and Evan Lysacek. Silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan wore a unique design of Vera's for the 1994 Olympics. She designed the two-piece uniforms currently worn by the Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders.
Wang's works have often been referenced in popular culture. In the Sex and the City TV series, Charlotte York found Wang's wedding dress to be the perfect wedding dress, and wore it for her wedding to Trey MacDougal. In the filmSex and the City, Vera Wang was featured among the bridal gowns Carrie Bradshaw wore in her Vogue photo shoot. In the film Bride WarsAnne Hathaway and Kate Hudson both wore custom-made Vera Wang gowns. Vera Wang's design was referenced in the NBC television show The West Wing in the episode "The Black Vera Wang".

:: All sources were found on Wikipedia.com::
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