Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis: Vera Wang

Last night, my girlfriends Sunhi, Brittany and I attend the latest installment of Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis featuring infamous wedding designer Vera Wang. It was such a delightful evening - full of fun interesting facts from Fern and Vera herself. I live tweeted the event so if you missed my tweets don't fret you can check them out here.

I highly recommend checking out a Fashion Icon lecture with Fern Mallis at the 92Y. The next lecture is with Suzy Menkes. They are such insightful evenings and I always leave feeling inspired. 

Below is a recap of my top 10 highlights from last nights lecture. Enjoy! Which fun fact do you find the most interesting?


1. Vera's zodiac sign is Cancer. Cancer's are by nature - loyal and hold traditions. Most of the US is comprised of Cancers. Vera was destined to delve into the wedding realm - a traditional staple of US culture.

2. There is not one designer that has dressed more celebrities for their wedding than Vera Wang. 

3. Vera did not graduate from High School because she wanted to pursue her dreams of joining the US Women's Olympic Figure Skating Team. According to Vera; however, she was nowhere close to making the 1968 team based on her skills.

4. She speaks fluent French.

5. At only 23 years old, having just graduated from Sarah Lawrence, Vera landed a job at Vogue working as an Assistant Editor. She spent 16 years working there and later left to work for Ralph Lauren as a Design Director. 

6. While Vera was searching for her wedding dress for her marriage to Arthur Becker, she ended up designing 7 dresses herself.

7. Based on designing her wedding dress for her own wedding, it was Vera's father who told her it would be a smart business venture to design wedding dresses for a living.

8. Vera would love to design athletic clothing in the future. 

9. Vera admires and respects any designer that has the courage to put themselves out there. Jill Sander, Prada, Marni, Donna Karen, Comme des Garçons, and Rick Owens are just some that she admires. 

10. Vera's advice to up and coming designers is to work for someone you really admire. 

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