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—a collection of couture designs that are available exclusively at the Manhattan boutique.
It was a very hard realization that since I was in my late teens, I was never going to get better. I got home from Paris, and I was working as a salesgirl at Yves Saint Laurent to earn spending money and that’s where I was sort of discovered by Vogue fashion director Frances Stein. And I was at a point where I felt there had to be more.
That’s what separates champions from everyone else who is doing it.“Merci de tout mon coeur,” said Vera Wang in the stirring and elegant ceremony at the Musée de l’Armée at Invalides yesterday, in which she was garlanded with France’s most prestigious honor, the Légion d’Honneur. A women’s string quartet played Pachelbel’s “Canon,” and Vera, a nervous but stylish wraith, was in a fitted black jacket and filmy black chiffon skirt. The action then moved to an adjacent room, its walls decorated with wonderful 18th-century equestrian murals, that had been transformed à la Vera with a modernist white set framed by an allée of ceiling-high needle cypress trees set into white bases.Catering mostly to celebrities and socialites, the Vera Wang Bridal House initially offered couture gowns by the famed designers Guy Laroche, Arnold Scaasi, Carolina Herrera, and Christian Dior.Over the next few years, Wang honed her skills as a fashion designer and eventually launched a signature collection of streamlined and sophisticated bridal wear.