Vera Wang

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Vera Ellen Wang[1] (Chinese: 王薇薇; pinyin: Wáng Wēiwei; born June 27, 1949) is an American fashion designer based in New York. She is known for her wedding gown collection.


Personal life

Vera Ellen Wang was born and raised in New York City and is of Chinese descent. Her parents were born in Shanghai, China, and came to the United States in the mid-1940s. Her mother worked as a translator for the United Nations, while her father owned a medicine company. She has one younger brother, Kenneth. After graduating from The Chapin School in 1967, she attended the University of Paris and earned a degree in art history from Sarah Lawrence College.

While in high school, Wang trained as a figure skater with pairs partner James Stuart, and competed at the 1968 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. She was featured in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd in the January 9, 1968 issue.[2] When she failed to make the US Olympics team, she entered the fashion industry.[3]

She married Arthur Becker in 1989. They reside in Manhattan with their two daughters: Cecilia (born 1990), who currently attends the University of Pennsylvania, and Josephine (born 1993), who currently attends The Chapin School. Becker is the CEO of an information technology services company called NaviSite. Becker's niece is actress Emmy Rossum.


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 that features her trademark bridal gowns.[4]

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