Vera Ellen Wang (Chinese: 王薇薇; pinyin: Wáng Wēiwei, born June 27, 1949) is an Chinese-American fashion designer based in New York City. Her parents were born in China, and came to the United States in the mid-1940s.
Wang graduated from The Chapin School in 1967, attended the University of Paris and earned a degree in art history from Sarah Lawrence College. Vera Wang spent her career at the forefront of fashion, she began a sweeping makeover of the bridal industry in 1990 with the opening of her flagship salon at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City. Today, the salon continues to showcase collections known for sophisticated drama, feminine detailing and a modern approach to bridal design.
In 2000, Vera Wang’s enthusiasm for couture fashion resulted in the launch of her highly acclaimed ready-to-wear collection. The Council of Fashion Designers of America honored Vera Wang by naming her “Womenswear Designer of the Year” in 2005. Known for her nonchalant approach to style and luxury, Vera Wang’s ready-to-wear collections resonate with her signature layering, intricate draping and exquisite attention to detail.
The Vera Wang brand reflects her vision to create a lifestyle that goes beyond core bridal and ready-to-wear, and into publishing, fragrance, beauty, accessories and home. These collections are positioned at the highest end of the luxury market. Driven by artistic, modern and luxurious design and style, couture-like quality and a high level of customer service, Vera Wang’s collections hold impeccable customer appeal.
Vera Wang collaborates with leading global partners, directly employs more than 200 people and manufactures the majority of its bridal collection in company-owned workrooms in the United States.
Several movies and television shows have mentioned Wang’s works, such as in the Sex and the City TV series, NBC television show The West Wing, ABC’s Ugly Betty TV series, TV series, The Vampire Slayer, How to Get Away with Murder, TV Series, Gossip Girl, in Revenge, in 2017 Super Bowl, Lady Gaga wear Vera Wang Spring Summer 2017, Supergirl, Simpsons episode “My Big Fat Geek Wedding”.