Vera Wang – Comfortable Sophistication

Vera Wang to weddings is like champagne to caviar—you can have and enjoy one without the other, but together they are simply divine.

Vera Wang | Source: Hooked on Everything

A Star Is Born

The idea for the eponymously named Vera Wang brand was born out of necessity like all the best things are. While planning her wedding to long-term beau Arthur Becker in 1989, Vera identified a lack of dresses suited to the slightly older bride (she was 39). She wanted a gown that was simple, elegant and sexy, but nothing in retail or couture fully satisfied her need. Rather than settle for the wrong dress, she designed her own and hired a dressmaker to make it—this was the seed of a new era in bridal wear.

Désir à l’Anglaise – Vera Wang, Spring 2017 Bridal Collection

While it was a new venture, Vera was no novice to the world of fashion. When she graduated from college in 1971, she began working for Vogue magazine. A year later, at just 23, Wang was a senior fashion editor. She left Vogue in 1987 to become a design director for accessories at Ralph Lauren.

In 1990, a year after her wedding, Vera took her extensive experience in fashion, added it to a very healthy start-up loan from her dad, and planted her seed. Vera Wang’s first bridal boutique was opened in the upmarket Carlyle Hotel on Madison Avenue.

Iconic Gemma dress

The New Ethos of Bridal Wear

For over 25 years, Vera has brought stylish, couture-style gowns to the market, always mindful that some brides are a little more mature and want a sophisticated wedding dress. Since 1990, the boutique has flourished into a billion dollar business, internationally renowned and loved by the world’s most fashionable elite.

Iconic Farrah dress
Iconic Helena dress

Design That Pushes Boundaries

Throughout this time, Vera has experimented with a variety of styles, colours and fabrics—always pushing the boundaries of bridalwear, always attempting to bring an edginess to the traditional wedding dress. One year, Vera and her design team dipped their entire dress collection into a bathtub full of tea so as to expand her vocabulary of white. She is ever evolving while remaining true to her vision, and with those qualities, she has revolutionised the bridalwear industry—she feels she brought sexuality to weddings.

Vera is a designer who knows what women need—she’s been the bride and knows how she wanted to feel. A gown should be weightless. Arms should be cut to add grace. The dress should cleverly expose the best parts of a bride’s body while draping less than perfect parts in luxurious fabric. It should provide support while remaining comfortable. Wang says, “A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her clothes.”

Spring 2018 Bridal Collection | Source: Vogue

Celebrity Brides Love Wang

It’s almost easier to name celebrities who haven’t been seen in a Vera Wang design than those who have. If you want to keep up with the Kardashians, then you’re at home with Vera Wang. Khloe and Kim have both married in dresses designed by her hand.

Kim Kardashian, 2011 | Source: InStyle
Khloé Kardashian, 2009 | Source: InStyle

If you’re looking for a more presidential stamp, at least two presidents’ daughters have married in Wang.

Former President’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton | Source: Hello Magazine
First Daughter, Ivanka Trump | Source: Hello Magazine

Not to mention a plethora of stars from stage and screen.

Victoria Beckham, 1999 | Source: Viral Piranha
Hillary Duff, 2010 | Source: The Fashion Spot

The Little Things

Of course, a wedding is not just about the dress. In addition to world-class wedding gowns, Vera Wang offers an abundance of special extras to make your wedding a style extravaganza.

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Two Tier Tulle Cathedral Veil | Source: David’s Bridal
Vera Wang wedding shoes | Source: Wedding Dates

According to Ms Wang, one of the secrets to her brand’s success is first class customer service. When a client has a consultation with one of her staff, they won’t just come away with a stunning gown and accessories; they’ll have advice on hair styling, selecting the perfect shoes, jewellery, flower arrangements, and coordinating bridesmaid’s dresses. They can even pick up wedding invitations while they’re there.

Vera Wang Interview | In the Studio | The New York Times

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