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VERA WANG

Name:  Vera Wang                                                                     
Born: June 27, 1949 New York, New York, United States                               
                                                                                     
Vera Wang born June 27, 1949) is an American fashion designer based in New York.     
She is known for her wedding gown collection, among other specialties.               
                                                                                     
Vera Wang was raised in an affluent family and attended The Chapin School as         
well as the Sorbonne in Paris. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a     
degree in art history. Her mother often took her to fashion shows in Paris. Her     
father started and owned a chemical company.                                         
                                                                                     
As a girl, Wang trained as a figure skater, and competed at the 1968 U.S. Figure     
Skating Championships. She was actually featured in Sports Illustrated's Faces       
in the Crowd in the January 8, 1968 issue. When she failed to make the U.S.         
Olympic team, she entered the fashion industry.                                     
                                                                                     
Wang was a senior fashion editor for Vogue for sixteen years. In 1985, she 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 which         
featured her trademark bridal gowns. She has designed costumes for figure           
skaters, including Nancy Kerrigan and Michelle Kwan. Silver medalist Nancy           
Kerrigan wore a unique design of Vera's for the 1994 Olympics. Wang also has         
made wedding gowns for Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Thalia, Jessica Simpson,       
Avril Lavigne, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Garner, Sharon Stone, Uma Thurman,         
Holly Hunter, Campbell Brown, Jeri Ryan,and Karenna Gore, among others.             
                                                                                     
Making a cameo appearance in the Ugly Betty episode A Nice Day for a Posh           
Wedding, Wang designed and fitted wedding gowns for the fictional character         
Wilhelmina Slater whose portrayer, Vanessa L. Williams, wore a Vera Wang             
designed wedding gown to her wedding to NBA legend Rick Fox. As maid of honor,       
Victoria Beckham who was also playing a cameo role, was also fitted for a gown.     
A dress she designed for Buffy the Vampire Slayer appeared in the episode "The       
Prom." Sarah Michelle Gellar, the actress who played Buffy, also had Wang design     
her actual wedding dress for her marriage to Freddie Prinze, Jr. She also           
designed the two-piece uniforms currently worn by the Philadelphia Eagles           
cheerleaders.                                                                       
                                                                                     
Wang has expanded her brand name through her fragrance, jewelry, eyeware, shoe       
and houseware collections. She also wrote the book Vera Wang on Weddings which       
was released by Harper Collins in October, 2001. In June 2005, she won the CFDA     
(Council of the Fashion Designers of America) Womenswear Designer of the Year.       
On May 27, 2006, Wang was awarded the André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement       
Award from the Savannah College of Art and Design.                                   
                                                                                     
Vera Wang appeared as a guest judge in the third season of Project Runway.           
                                                                                     
In 2002, Vera Wang began to enter the home fashion industry. The Vera Wang China     
and Crystal collection has produced three of the top ten best-selling patterns       
at bridal registries across the United States after only six months at the           
stores.                                                                             
                                                                                     
On August 24, 2006, Kohl's announced that it would carry clothing, accessories,     
footwear, and linens designed by Wang.                                               
                                                                                     
Wang currently lives in New York City with her husband, Arthur Becker, and their     
two daughters, Cecilia, born in 1990, and Josephine, born in 1993, who both         
currently attend the Chapin School. Arthur is the CEO of an information             
technology services company called Navisite. They have a weekend home in Pound       
Ridge, New York, where her brother owns the Pound Ridge Golf Club.