Her biography and success stories were indeed intriguing. At the age of 40 in 1989 she wedded Arthur Becker, then CEO of an information technology services company called NaviSite. In planning for the wedding she went on a search for a perfect dress at several department stores and bridal boutiques but only found a “sameness to everything.” She wanted something more elegant and subdued, but there wasn’t anything. Eventually Vera gave up and hired a dressmaker to create her own gown. The gown cost $10,000.
Vera and Arthur’s wedding
In 1990, she opened her own design salon in the Carlyle Hotel in New York that features her trademark bridal gowns with financial backing from her father. The Vera Wang label quickly took off, earning praise from the fashion elite for its luxurious fabrics, exquisite detailing and modern interpretation of classic lines. Vera Wang’s early years experience in the fashion industry working for Vogue and Ralph Lauren might be the initial stepping stone, however her hard work in striving to do everything well brings her to the successful position now.
Vera Wang has made wedding gowns for many well-known public figures, such as Chelsea Clinton, Ivanka Trump, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Victoria Beckham, Avril Lavigne, Jennifer Lopez , Jennifer Garner, Sharon Stone, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Hilary Duff, Uma Thurman, Holly Hunter, Kate Hudson, and Kim Kardashian. Kimberly Noel “Kim” Kardashian was the highest earning reality star in 2010. In August 2011, she married basketball player Kris Humphries in a widely publicized ceremony, then filed for divorce, 72 days after the wedding.
Kim wore an ivory custom-designed strapless Vera Wang gown with full
tulle skirt, basque waist and hand-pieced #Chantilly lace appliqué on the
bodice and ‘epic’ train
Left: Chelsea Clinton and Right: Ivanka Trump
Local celebrity brides who dressed Vera Wang were E! News Asia host Marion Caunter, our very own talented songstress Fish Leong and actress Memey Suhaiza. Marion and S M Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin, chairman of Naza Group of Companies were married in 2010 at the grand Mandarin Oriental Hotel. She wore the gown designed by Vera for the cake cutting ceremony.
Marion donning VW at her wedding with Nasarudin
You can locate the nearest bridal store you might be visiting, at verawang.com/stores to hunt for a piece of VW for your upcoming wedding if you have a designer gown budget. the knot offers gowns by VW. Their price range is USD600 – 1500.
Looking for Vera Wang dresses in the Klang Valley/ KL/ Selangor? There are Vera Wang gowns available at Artiz Studio Korea and Mercer Weddings, both located at SS2 PJ. One of my readers told me Artiz Korea has 4 pieces of Vera gowns.
References: answers.com, herecomestheguide.com, www.verawang.com, en.wikipedia.org, femfashions.com, enveeus.com