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Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta is a fashion designer who was born in Dominican Republic in 1932 to Puerto Rican father Óscar Avelino de la Renta and a Dominican mother Maria Antonia Fiallo. People from his mother’s family belonged to an array of prestigious and artistic fields. Moreover, de la Renta’s grandfather was the constitutional Ponce’s mayor.

When he turned eighteen, he left his hometown in order to gain education in Spain to study painting in Madrid at the Academy of San Fernando. Soon de la Renta became interested in fashion and began sketching his ideas for leading fashion houses in the state. These experiences earned him an opportunity to work with Cristóbal Balenciaga and considers him as a mentor. Afterwards, de la Renta joined Antonio Castillo at Lanvin in Paris as an assistant for couture designing.

In 1963, he turned to the Vogue‘s chief editor, Diana Vreeland, for advice. Vreeland guided him to pay a visit to Elizabeth Arden since there de la Renta will get a promotion or else in other places he will be overshadowed by Dior. Hence, he began working for Arden until 1965 when he found a job at Jane Derby and then became capable of launching his label. Once Derby past away, Oscar de la Renta took over the company.

Between 1993 and 2002, he created a collection of haute couture for Balmain, a French fashion house.  In 2006, the label branched out its operations to produce bridal dresses. As of 2003, the brand attained international fame and growth under the direction and management of its CEO, Alex Bolen. The label became available in five to more than seventy-four locations. The ready-to-wear collection is available online, in retail stores and across wholesalers worldwide.

Other than apparel designing, he is involved in the business of developing branded fragrances like most designers. Moreover, his company began designing accessories in 2001 and home-furnishing items a year later. In 2004, he introduced a reasonably priced collection of clothes, O Oscar, in the hope to reach new and different customers.

Oscar De la Renta has received many awards for his accomplishments in the fashion industry. He received the Coty Award twice, one in 1967 and the other in 1968. In 1973 he became the member of Coty Hall of Fame. Then he served at the Council of Fashion Designers of America as the President for five years. In addition to this, he won the American Fashion Critic’s Award two times. Furthermore, he was nominated as the Designer of the Year in 2000 and then 2007.  Prior to this, in 1990 he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by CFDA. Additionally, de la Renta was bestowed with La Gran Cruz de la Orden del Mérito Civil and Gold Medal of Bellas Artes by Spain’s King Juan Carlos. Apart from this, the Dominican Republic honored de la Renta with the Order of Christopher Columbus and Order of Merit of Duarte, Sanchez and Mella. In 2013, Hamilton College, New York presented him with an honorary degree.

The designer opened an orphanage, Casa del Niño, in La Romana. He contributed money in the construction of a school in Punta Cana. He is among the board members of many charitable organizations. De la Renta is a chairperson of the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute.

Turning to his personal life, in 1967 he married Françoise de Langlade, who worked at Elsa Schiaparelli and was the chief editor at French Vogue. Later in 1989, he married Annette Engelhard. He has step children from both his marriages and an adopted son as well.

Edith Head

Edith Head

Lived from 1897 until 1981, Edith Head was a costume designer from America who won seven Academy Awards. She was born and grew up in California, and later on managed to find employment at Paramount Pictures as a costume sketcher sans relevant experience or training. She was first noted for the exclusive sarong dress she designed for Dorothy Lamour and she soon became popular when a new category of Costume Designer was created in the Academy Awards in 1948.

Edith Head was known for her exceptional communication skill and relationship maintenance with her clients that included several important Hollywood actresses. Afterwards, she joined Universal Studios.

She was born in California as Edith Claire Posener to Jewish parents, Anna E. Levy and Max Posener. Her father had a naturalized citizenship in America but came originally from Prussia and moved to United States in 1876 while her mother was from Missouri. It is unclear whether Anna and Max had married each other or not but after Edith was born, Anna married Frank Spare, a mining engineer from Pennsylvania. The family had a nomadic life since Spare’s work moved frequently to different places. The only place Edith remembers is her years in Nevada. Since Spare was a Catholic, Edith apparently became one too.

In 1919, Edith did her bachelor of art letters and sciences with a French honor in Berkeley from the University of California. Consequently, she taught French at Bishop’s School. A year later, she started teaching the same language at Hollywood School for Girls. In order to earn some more money, she requested the school to let her teach art although she didn’t have any professional experience or training in the subject other than studying it in high school. At this point, to hone her skills in drawing, she joined an evening course at Chouinard Art College.

In 1923, Edith married Charles Head, the brother of Betty Head who was one of Edith’s classmate from Chouinard. In 1936, the two divorced after a separation of many years. Despite this, Edith kept his last name as hers for life.

Edith Head created costume for a number of actresses including Mae West, Frances Farmer, Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake, Barbara Stanwyck, Ingrid Bergman, Ginger Rogers, Betty Hutton, Bette Davis, Lorette Young, Hedy Lamarr, Olivia de Havilland, Joan Fontaine, Elizabeth Taylor, Carmen Miranda, Ann Robinson, Audrey Hepburn, Rosemary Clooney, Grace Kelly, Jane Wyman, Anne Maxter, Doris Day, Kim Novak, Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, Natalie Wood, Sophia Loren, Shirley MacLaine, Tippi Hedren, Claude Jade, Valerie Perrine, Jill Clayburgh and Katharine Hepburn. Actors she designed for include Steve Martin and Danny Kane.

Moving on, Edith made a cameo appearance in Columbo: Requiem for a Falling Star in 1973, as herself. In the film she was a designer for the character of Anne Baxter. In one of the scenes, Edith’s Oscars were showed displayed on a table. Later on, she came in Lucy Gallant, a 1955 film. Moreover, she also appeared in 1961 The Pleasure of His Company.

The designer died in October, 1981 only a few days before her birthday. She suffered from myelofibrosis, a fatal disease of bone marrow.

Edith Head was featured in a Stamp by the U.S. Postal Service Febuary 2003 in a series honoring people behind the camera who make movies. In 2013, her 116th birthday was commemorated with Google Doodle. In the start of the year 2014, she was celebrated through A Conversation with Edith Head, a play premiered in Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Canada.

Laura Biagiotti

Laura Biagiotti

Famous Italian designer of the fashion world, Laura Biagiotti was born on August 4, 1943. In Rome, she learned literature aspiring to pursue a career in archeology, while helping her parents out with their dressmaking trade. Della Biagiotti, her mother, designed Aitalia staff uniforms in 1964. Her father died when Laura was seventeen years old. In 1972, she introduced her collection in her debut fashion show.

The Biagiotti House situated on Via dej Condotti, Rome, is ranked among the largest fashion labels in Italy. Laura later relocated to Beijing for a while and was the first designer from Italy to present her work in China in 1988. Thirty Chinese models flaunted Laura’s creations.

She has was given the Knights of Labor Award by Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, Italian President for her services to fashion. She has won the Marco Polo Award from the government of China for endorsing fashion in the country. In addition to this, she has been presented with the Leonardo Prize. In 2002, the Italian postal office issued a forty-one cent stamp honoring Laura. Then in 2011, she was honored with the America Award from the Italy/USA Foundation. She was also the first to receive Prix Femmes D’Europe for her efforts of promoting the participation of women in the development of a integrated Europe. She has also won the Marisa Bellisario Award as well as the National Council of Italian Fashion‘s Lifetime Achievement Award, presented during the fashion show: Donna sotto le stelle.

Since 1980, she has been living and working in the countryside of Rome, in the eleventh century Marco Simone Castle. Her daughter Lavinia Biagiotti Cigna joined the family business and became the Vice President of the company in 2005.

Biagiotti is one of the most significant names of the fashion platform in Italy. Her brand, Laura Biagiotti is known around the world for the quality she brings to fashion. The New York Times described her as the Cashemere Queen, since she is fond of precious yarn that she uses off and on with a new dimension. The brand is recognized for its feminine cuts, excellent craftsmanship and insightful selection of fabrics. Before Biagiotti, the cashmere cloth was not much known as a thing of style and fashion. Laura showed a keen concern is producing comfortable as well as flattering clothes for females, who quickly started liking her loose-fit dresses and soft tailoring techniques, distinguished by top-stitching, ajouree` work and minute pleats.

Her 80s collection of glasses was a great success – mask shaped goggles – which are still ‘wanted’ by many. The label designs, manufactures and sells menswear, accessories, wedding items, perfumes and children’s wear.

In an interview, Laura Biagiotti described Italy as a nation filled with petite shops carrying exclusive collections. In most cases, designers have to be the manufacturers as well. Before she started showing work under her name, Laura designed prêt lines for couture houses in Rome. Such work taught Laura the importance of the relationship between a designer and the customer.

Laura describes herself as an average woman who understands the fashion desires of other average women.

Isaac Mizrahi

Isaac Mizrahi

The son of a children’s fashion designer, the very talented Isaac Mizrahi was born in 1961 in Brooklyn. His inclination towards fashion designing from the very start and determination to follow his father’s footsteps and become a designer proved to the fashion industry that Mizrahi was here to stay.

The young Mizrahi teamed up with a friend, Sarah Haddad – Cheney and started his very first company IS New York and began distributing his outfits to local stores. This much awaited break for Mizrahi proved to be fruitful and there was no looking back for him. He was hired to work at Parson’s fulltime where his work was much appreciated.

1980 was the year when Mizrahi caught another lucky break in his career when he got a chance to perform in a teen film called Fame. The following year he joined college and began working as an apprentice for Perry Ellis whom he has always considered his mentor. 1982 was a bittersweet year for Isaac because his father expired but at the same time he was recognized as ‘outstanding student designer’ at the Parsons Fashion Critics Award Show by judges like Calvin Klein, Donna Karan and Oscar de la Renta was some consolation. Recognition from these world class designers helped him seal the deal at Ellis for working fulltime after graduating from college. Later, he gained a lot of insight from Calvin Klein about tailoring.

His company experienced growing pains in `87 when he along with Cheney launched Isaac Mizrahi New York at Soho. Mizrahi sealed the deal with Revlon in `88 and had the honor of Audrey Hepburn sporting an Isaac Mizrahi outfit in the ad but the deal was short lived due to the riots by animal rights activists. The next year he was presented the Perry Ellis Award for Emerging Talent by Liza Minnelli. It was the same year when Mizrahi’s outfit made its way to Vogue’s cover. Mizrahi’s debut of his first menswear line was launched in April 1990.

Isaac Mizrahi got lucky in 1991 and won his second CFDA Design of the Year award but that’s not all; he experimented with footwear too. His fall show was also featured in Douglas Keeve’s documentary, Unzipped which bagged the Audience Award at the Sundance Film festival in 1995. In 1996, the young Natalie Portman became the face of his low price clothing line – Isaac. However, 1997 brought misfortune when his brand’s launch turned out to be a flop due to fluctuations in Asia’s economic market and his clothing line faltered along the way. Bad luck continued when the largest stakeholder Chanel Inc. backed off due to consistent losses. But he got a chance to make up for lost time when Isaac Mizrahi for Target collection hit the stores and made good profits. In 2005, he also tried his hand at hosting a television show on Style network where he gave fashion advice. He resumed work and showcased his designs at the New York Fashion week after three years of hibernation in 2007 and launched his bridal collection with his handbag collection in tow. He had a lot happening in 2008 and 2009 with publishing his book, How to Have Style and designing bags in support of presidential candidate Barack Obama. He also opened up his first boutique on the Upper East Side in New York.

With achievements and contributions to the fashion industry like Mizrahi’s, one can say that he has surely left an indelible mark in the industry and will become a role model for many young fashion designers to follow in the years to come.

John Galliano

John Galliano

John Charles Galliano, Born on 28 November 1960 is a British couture designer originally from Gibraltar. He was born to Anita and Juan Galliano, and has two sisters. The family shifted to England since his father was in search of a job better than plumbing. At this time, John was six years old. They all settled in South London before moving to Brockley. John grew up in an austere Roman Catholic environment. Unfortunately, the family was so proper that even on visits to the local markets, his mother dressed him up in a formal way. Due to this, boys at his school bullied him. Galliano himself was different than the people in his house, the boy had artistic sensibilities.

John attended St. Anthony’s School and then joined Wilson’s Grammar School in London. Later, he studied at Saint Martin’s School of Art, graduating with a first-class honors in Fashion Design in 1988.

His inspiration for the his debut collection was the French Revolution and it was named Les Incroyables. This line was accompanied with a soundtrack by DJ Jeremy Healy. The range received critical acclaim and was re-designed to be sold at Browns, a fashion boutique in London. With this successful venture, he  established his own label together with Amanda Harlech, stylist at Harpers and Queen and Stephen Jones, a milliner.

In order to sustain his business in the initial years, Galliano took financial support from different people one after another. The list includes Johan Brun, Peder Bertelsen, Faycal Amor, Andre Leon Talley, Anna Wintour and so on.

Galliano relocated to Paris in order to find someone to finance his label and to make a strong clientele list. In 1989, his creations were shown at Paris Fashion Week for the first time. Within a year, his business conditions became worse and he went bankrupt because of a failure in London.

Galliano has helped other designers trying to achieve success, including Patrick Cox and Susannah Constantine. In 1991, he worked alongside Kylie Minogue to design costumes for her Let’s Get to It Tour.

In 1995, Galliano was appointed as the designer at Givenchy by Bernard Arnault. A year later, he moved to Christian Dior.

Between 2011 and 2012, the designer faced a controversy after Dior disclosed that Galliano has been suspended following his arrest after an anti-Semitic protest in a bar in Paris. A previous incident just like this happened in which Galliano was captured drunk in a video, abusing some Italian women and declaring his love for Hitler. Expressing such ideas in France is illegal. This news spread across the media before the start of Paris Fashion Week. The event was denied by the designer and he filed a defamation case against those who accused him of anti-semitism. Despite the scandal, Dior decided to provide financial aid Galliano’s brand. Soon the drama ended in a better way for the fashion designer.

In 2013, he returned to the fashion scene by accepting an invitation from Oscar de la Renta for a provisional residency at his studio. In an video interview, Galliano stated that he was content with the fact that he could create again and by amending his mistakes, he hopes to be forgiven and given a chance to prove himself again.

Paul Frank

Paul Frank

Born on 29th August 1967 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Paul Frank is an artist, fashion designer and cartoonist from the United States. In the 1990s, Frank studied in California at Orange Coast College. In 2005, he married Susan Wang who Frank met two years prior to his marriage that took place in Disneyland. The couple lives in Los Angeles.

At first, he purchased a sewing machine to complete diminutive projects. Once, he experimented something by accident that his friends really liked. He made a wallet out of an unused orange colored vinyl. With this successful invention, he got the courage to sew more items, such as back packs and guitar straps. When he realized, the potential in him, he along with his partners, Ryan Heuser and John Oswald, founded the Paul Frank Industries after a few years of working on a small scale. Another reason for opening up an official company was that his orders were increasing day by day and to fulfill the demands of his clients, Frank needed a space and a formal identity.

He worked hard to achieve success, it was certainly not easy but he managed to accomplish more than what he dreamt of doing. During the daytime, he did a job at some other place and in his spare time, Frank spent hours on his designing work – sewing and selling products.

Today, the company has become a multinational corporation with many departments, employees, stores and merchandize.

His company has collaborated with several bands that adore his experimental work, such as Gorilla Biscuits, Pretty Girls Make Graves, The Aquabats, Tool, Atreyu, Alkaline Trio, The Vandals, Radiohead, Every Time I Die, Eighteen Visions and Bad Religion. This is not the end to the list, other musical and design partnerships that he has worked with include Lollapalooza, the Coachella festival and KROQ-FM, a radio station from L.A.

Apart from the above alliances, Paul Frank has worked with  companies and artist as well, like Wahoo’s Fish Taco, John Deere, ProKeds, Hello Kitty, Lego, Nintendo, Thomas Campbell, Mark Ryden, Skullcandy, Nirve Bicycles, SHAG, Andy Warhol, Oscar Mayer and Mattel.

Since 2005, Frank has disassociated himself with Paul Frank Industries. He owns and manages Park La Fun, a studio that allows him to create innovative and entertaining characters with a personal approach. His new collection of fashion includes t-shirts, handbags, wallets and many other accessories – all designed by Frank himself.

One thing that made Paul Frank highly recognizable around the world was one of his creations – a monkey illustration that acquired him a lot of riches. The animal was called Julias, that became an idol for teenagers, the pop-art scenario and also a hit in the contemporary fashion market. Later on, Julias was accompanied by Kitty and Barbie the princess. The monkey is seen on many of the products produced by Frank and has become a part of his individuality. Another popular character invented by Frank is Scurvy.

Paul Frank designs are extremely appealing for children and adults who love anything that is fun and hilarious. His creations can be treated as the best gifts to give to a child or teenager on any joyful occasion. Whenever the designer makes anything, he makes it with the same love as he once made things for his friends.

Elie Saab

Elie Saab

A fashion designer from Lebanon, Elie Saab was born on 4 July 1964 in Beirut in a Maronite Catholic family. Saab is the eldest among the five children of a wood merchant in Damour. Since his childhood, he has been stitching and is a self-trained professional. He was only nine when he became attracted towards fashion. In the love of his interest, he used newspapers to cut out patterns and searched his mother’s cabinet for extra laces. His sister was his model at the time and his family was surprised with the gown he made for her.

The head office of his brand is in his home country and added workshops are in Paris and Milan. Over the journey of his career, Saab’s name has become prominent among well-known celebrities, such as Halle Berry, Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Anggun, Angelina Jolie, Katy Perry, Mila Kunis, Catherine Zeta Jones, Emma Watson, Aishwarya Rai, Taylor Swift, Michelle Dockery, Salma Hayek, and Sandra Bullock. In addition to this, he has also dressed royalties, including Princess Claire of Luxembourg, Victoria: Crown Princess of Sweden, Queen Raina of Jordon, Princess Madeleine of Sweden, Stéphanie: Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, Marie-Chantal: Crown Princess of Greece, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein, Clotilde: Princess of Venice and Piedmont, and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg.

In 1982, at the age of eighteen, Saab launched a fashion label in Beirut with fifteen workers. At that time, his focus and skills were specialized in designing couture for brides – stitching wedding gowns and dresses using high-quality quality lace, fabrics, crystals, pearls, silk threads and intricate embroidery. Soon, he became recognized in nearby areas and eventually grew in reputation among high-society females who flaunted his designs.

In 1997, he turned into the first non-Italian designer who was included in Italian Camera Nazionale della Moda as a member. In the same year, he displayed his first clothing collection outside his nation in Rome. In 1998, he began a prêt-a-porter line in Milan and also held a fashion retrospective in Monaco, attended by Princess Stéphanie of Monaco.  A year later, for her ceremony of enthronement, Queen Rania of Jordon wore a dress by Elie Saab embellished with diamonds and emeralds.

In 2002, he became a quick talk of the world when his design was worn by Halle Berry to Oscar when she won an award for Best Actress. Consequently, the designer was showered with interviews and hence appeared on minimum five television channels. Even for the next year’s Oscars, she wore a dress by the same designer.

In 2003, Elie Saab was invited by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture to blend in as a member of the association. In the same year, he displayed his haute couture line in Paris and the city became his permanent prêt runway.

In 2010, he had dressed around 102 celebrities from around the world for major international events. Saab’s designs are shelved in different parts of the world, including London, Paris and Beirut. He has sixty retail shops across the globe and his works are sold in twenty-two countries.

Apart from designing clothes, in 2011 Elie Saab launched Le Parfum, his debut fragrance in fifteen countries.

Moving on, his personal life involves Claudine his wife and three children. Saab owns three homes in Lebanon and has properties in Switzerland and France as well.



Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani (1932), known to the world as Valentino, is a fashion designer from Italy and the founder of Valentino S.p.A. His major collections include R.E.D Valentino, Valentino Roma, Valentino Garavani, and simply Valentino as well.

In his primary school, Valentino became interested in the field of fashion when he did an apprenticeship under a local designer and his aunt, Emestina Salvadeo. In order to pursue his aspiration to become a designer, Valentino shifted to Paris with the help of his parents, Mauro Garavani and Teresa de Biaggi. In Paris, he went to École des Beaux-Arts and Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. For the purpose of internships, he first worked with Jacques Fath, and later with Balenciaga. Then he began his job at Jean Dresses for five years and aided Jacqueline de Ribes, an icon of style, to sketch her ideas of dresses. Next, for two years he worked at Guy Laroche‘s boutique.

 After having discussions with his parents, he returned to Italy and established his business in 1959 in Via Condotti, Rome. In 1960, he came across Giancarlo Giammetti, who eventually became Valentino’s romantic and business partner for above fifty years. At the time, Valentino’s company was not doing a brilliant job and the designer had to fight from being bankrupt after the associate of his father pulled money out of the business. However, within two years, Valentino and Giammetti flourished the business. In 1962, Valentino displayed his collection for the first time in Florence at an international fashion show where buyers from around the world deluged Valentino with their orders. This breakthrough in the career led Valentino to making outfits for socialites like Jayne Wrightsman and Babe Paley. Towards the mid-60s, he became Italian dressmaking maestro and  in 1967 received the Neiman Marcus Fashion Award, which is equal to an Oscar in the fashion industry. Valentino’s customer list included names, such as Princess Margaret, Veruschka, Marisa Berenson, Elizabeth Taylor, Farah Diba, Begum Aga Khan, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Marella Agnelli, Gloria Guinness, Belgium’s Queen Paola, Audrey Hepburn and many more.

In 2007, the designer announced a year earlier about his retirement and displayed his last ready-to-wear collection in 2008, Paris. Prior to this, in 2006, he made a guest appearance as himself in The Devil Wear Prada. Moreover, in the year of his last show, a documentary on Valentino premiered at Venice International Film Festival. The work was titled, Valentino: The Last Emperor.

Over the course of his career, many enchanting women inspired Valentino and became his friends. Whoever did become his good friends were also referred to as his family, such as Nati Abascal. All of Valentino’s friends and family travel together for vacations to his homes worldwide and to the yacht.

Other than this, Valentino is a dog lover and to the extent that he named one of this clothing collection after his dog, Oliver. The designer has six pugs and while travelling takes his entourage with him in three cars, distributing each among him and Giammetti, their luggage and their pugs.

Valentino’s interest also includes the collection of art and his home is embellished with art works by Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, Balthus, Cy Twomly, and Picasso.  Giammetti and Valentino, both live flamboyantly and own multiple apartments and villas across the world. All their properties are decorated with exquisite art pieces. They are referred to as the kings of high-class living.

Vera Wang

Vera Wang

New York based fashion designer, Vera Ellen Wang was born on 27th July 1949. She is recognized for wedding and bridesmaid gowns. In addition to this, she designs outfits for figure skaters, and produces dresses for exhibitions and competitions.

Wang comes from a Chinese background but was born and grew up in America. Her parents were from Shanghai and settled in the United States in the 1940s. Her father owned a company of medicines and mother used to work for United Nations as a translator. She has one younger brother as well. Wang graduated in 1967 from The Chapin School and studied at University of Paris. Moreover, she went to Sarah Lawrence College and attained a degree in art history.

From the age of six, Wang started figure skating and while she was in high school competed in the United States Figure Skating Championship in 1968. In the same year, Sports Illustrated featured Vera Wang in their Faces in the Crowd issue. When Wang failed to become a part of the US Olympics team, she diverted her attention towards the fashion industry.

In the early 1970s, Wang served as a senior editor of fashion for Vogue but left the job once she was rejected the post of editor-in-chief. Then she became a director of design at Ralph Lauren for two years. This gave her enough experience to become an entrepreneur herself. Although she became a fashion designer, she never lost touch with skating. Somehow she remained a part of the sport.

In 1989, she married Arthur Becker at a interfaith Jewish-Baptist ceremony. They settled in Manhattan with their adopted children – two daughters. Becker worked as the Chief Executive Officer at NaviSite, an I.T. company, until 2010. In 2012, it was announced that the couple separated in a harmonious way.

Vera Wang has designed and manufactured wedding dresses for several noted personalities, such as Karenna Gore, Campbell Brown, Avril Lavigne, Victoria Beckham, Sharon Stone, Hilary Duff, Holly Hunter, Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Khloe Kardashian, Michelle Obama, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Chelsea Clinton, Ivanka Trump and Alicia Keys. Furthermore, her dress have been worn by many stars on red carpets, including Sofia Vergara at Emmy Awards, Sandra Bullock at 2011 Oscars, and Viola Davis at Academy Awards.

Additionally, she has made outfits for figure skaters like Michelle Kwan, Nancy Kerrigan and Evan Lysacek. She designed the uniforms that are worn by Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders. In 2005, she was presented with an award for the year’s designer for women from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. In 2009, she was honored for her design contributions to the sport of skating.

Apart from designing, Wang released a book as well in 2001, titled Vera Wang on Weddings. After twenty years of opening her first bridal couture shop, the Radcliffe-Harvard Asian American Association presented Wang with the Leadership in Arts Award in 2010. In 2013, Wang was honored with the Geoffery Beene Award for lifetime achievement.

Her wedding gown boutiques have been opened in Australia, Sydney, Tokyo, London and New York. Her brand also produces eyewear, jewelry, fragrance, shoes, home decorations and house wares.

Apart from this, Vera Wang has been a part of the popular culture by being mentioned and appearing in many television shows and movies such as in Sex and the City (film and series), The West Wing, Ugly Betty, Bride Wars, and Totally Spies.