International Women’s Day: Pt 6, Vera Wang

Happy International Women’s Day!

International Women’s Day is, according to this article, “a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements – from the political to the social – while calling for gender equality.”

Though why not celebrate with a week instead? Every day, I’ll highlight a woman and her achievements for International Women’s Day and keep this celebration going.




Today’s woman is fashion designer Vera Wang. Vera was born in New York City, New York on June 27, 1949 and received a degree in art history from Sarah Lawrence College. Earlier in life, she trained to become a figure skater and soon entered the fashion industry after failing to make the US Olympic team.

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Vera worked at Vogue for 17 years, then worked for Ralph Lauren. When she turned 40, she left to become an independent designer.

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While she is well known for her wedding gown designs as many famous women have worn them, she has also designed for figure skaters. From wedding to home to fragrance, Vera Wang does it all.

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Vera Wang’s official site (plays audio)

Her name is well known in popular culture and both her name and her designs have been namedropped in shows like Sex and the City and Gossip Girl.

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