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Vera Wang (Chinese: 王薇薇; Hanyu Pinyin: Wng Wēiwei; born June 27, 1949) is a fashion designer based in New York, NY, USA. She is known for her wedding gown collection among other specialties. She is a Chinese American raised in an affluent family and attended the The Chapin School, which both her daughters currently attend, and the Sorbonne in Paris. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a degree in art history. Her mother often took her to fashion shows in Paris. Her father started and owned a chemical company. Her paternal grandfather was a military general in China. Her maternal grandfather was a warlord in China. As a youngster, Wang trained as a figure skater, and competed at the 1968 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. When she failed to make the US Olympic team, she turned to her other passion, fashion.
She was a senior fashion editor for Vogue magazine. She worked for Ralph Lauren as a design director for two years. In 1990, she opened her own design salon in Carlyle Hotel in New York which featured her trademark bridal gowns. She has designed costumes for figure skaters (including Nancy Kerrigan and Michelle Kwan) and has made wedding gowns for Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson,Victoria Beckham and Sharon Stone, among others. She has expanded her brand name though her own fragrance, jewelry, shoe and houseware collection. She also penned the book Vera Wang on Weddings which was released by Harper Collins in October, 2001. In June 2005, she won the CFDA (Council of the Fashion Designers of America) women's wear designer of the year.
She currently lives in New York City with her husband, Arthur Becker, the CEO of a company called Navisite. They have two adopted children, Josephine, born in 1993 and Cecilia, born in 1990, who both currently attend The Chapin School
Designer Definition (from U.S Department of Labor)