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Wang was born of privilege in New York City in 1949, to wealthy immigrant parents: Her father was an executive in the pharmaceuticals industry, and her mother the child of a Chinese warlord. The couple fled China during the Communist revolution, eventually settling on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Vera was educated at prestigious private schools—Sarah Lawrence, the Sorbonne, Columbia—and was a competitive ice skater. As a high school student at Chapin, she was a serious figure skater, too, but, as she recalled in 2001, when she didn’t make the 1968 Olympic team, she “looked to fashion to replace it.”[2]

Wang was working at Yves Saint Laurent when she was scouted by the Vogue editor Frances Patiky Stein. In 1972, she joined the staff as a sittings assistant to Baron Nicolas de Gunzburg. The magazine was in transition in those years, and at the Madison Avenue headquarters of Conde Nast, the legendary Diana Vreeland had recently departed, to be replaced by Grace Mirabella. “Vogue was moving from having been a publication that was all about fantasy—green wigs and green-dyed nails, as if anyone ran around like that—to being one that was all about reality,”[3]

Wang said in 2001. “We were responding to the burgeoning women’s-liberation movement and to the needs of the working woman.” Wang quickly rose to become one of the youngest fashion editors ever at Vogue. She stayed for 15 years, specializing in accessories sittings, but always harboring aspirations of becoming a designer in her own right. In 1987 she left Vogue to realize her dream at Ralph Lauren. In 1989, while planning her wedding to Arthur Becker, she realized that she could fill a void in the bridal industry: “It just had not evolved,” she later said in an interview with her old employer. “There was no modernity of necklines; there was no understanding of the tailoring. There was no relationship between a wedding dress and fashion. There was no good taste, either. I realized that I could make an impression in terms of changing and readdressing the whole industry of bridal.”[4]

In 1990, a year after her own nuptials, she opened her own boutique, with financial support from her father, offering made-to-order wedding gowns as well as bridesmaid dresses and accessories. Endless celebrities would get married in a Vera Wang dress, including Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Uma Thurman, Mariah Carey, as well as political daughters Karenna Gore and Chelsea Clinton. After a few years, Wang began to push her bridal brand beyond dresses, into related retail ventures: china, silver, bedding, and fragrance—all the things a chic newlywed might need.

In 1993, she made good on another insight: that her long-dress-making skills would translate well to the red-carpet realm. She began making custom special-occasion gowns for a number of society women and a few actresses, and then launched a full-blown new label,Vera Wang. “The couture line evolved because I wanted to get into design and felt this would give me the opportunity to study the technique of dressmaking—even if you’re going to do a slip dress afterward,” she said in Vogue. “Fashion to me has become very disposable; I wanted to get back to craft, to clothes that could last.”[5]

In 2000 she at last introduced a ready-to-wear collection. Paul Cavaco, who had worked with her at Vogue before becoming Allure’s creative director, knew it would be good: “Vera loves clothes,” he said in a New York magazine profile of the designer. “Vera loves clothes beyond loving clothes; she loves everything that has to do with clothes. . . . So she is going to present you clothes in an extremely loving manner: beautiful clothes in the most beautiful way possible.”[6] He was 100 percent correct: Before the Age of Vera, bridal designers had typically been regarded with more than a smidgen of disdain, but she made the transition into “real” fashion to the sound of heartfelt critical applause.

Perhaps her greatest achievement, however, has been to retain a very refined brand image and air of exclusivity while pushing a quite democratic agenda. “Just because you’re from a city ten miles outside of St. Paul,” she told The Wall Street Journal, “it doesn’t mean you don’t read magazines, or the incredible Internet, and what’s going on in the world. I never, ever take a client, or women, for granted.”[7] And so, in 2007, she partnered with the affordable department store Kohl’s to launch Simply Vera Vera Wang, a sportswear and accessories line (the biggest partnership in the store’s history). less By 2011, her company’s annual sales were an estimated $700 million, and she was catering to both the Palm Beach crowd and Middle America with equal passion.

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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Vera Wang for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Vera Wang for your next private or corporate function.
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Vera Wang Biography

Wang was born of privilege in New York City in 1949, to wealthy immigrant parents: Her father was an executive in the pharmaceuticals industry, and her mother the child of a Chinese warlord. The couple fled China during the Communist revolution, eventually settling on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Vera was educated at prestigious private schools—Sarah Lawrence, the Sorbonne, Columbia—and was a competitive ice skater. As a high school student at Chapin, she was a serious figure skater, too, but, as she recalled in 2001, when she didn’t make the 1968 Olympic team, she “looked to fashion to replace it.”[2]

Wang was working at Yves Saint Laurent when she was scouted by the Vogue editor Frances Patiky Stein. In 1972, she joined the staff as a sittings assistant to Baron Nicolas de Gunzburg. The magazine was in transition in those years, and at the Madison Avenue headquarters of Conde Nast, the legendary Diana Vreeland had recently departed, to be replaced by Grace Mirabella. “Vogue was moving from having been a publication that was all about fantasy—green wigs and green-dyed nails, as if anyone ran around like that—to being one that was all about reality,”[3]

Wang said in 2001. “We were responding to the burgeoning women’s-liberation movement and to the needs of the working woman.” Wang quickly rose to become one of the youngest fashion editors ever at Vogue. She stayed for 15 years, specializing in accessories sittings, but always harboring aspirations of becoming a designer in her own right. In 1987 she left Vogue to realize her dream at Ralph Lauren. In 1989, while planning her wedding to Arthur Becker, she realized that she could fill a void in the bridal industry: “It just had not evolved,” she later said in an interview with her old employer. “There was no modernity of necklines; there was no understanding of the tailoring. There was no relationship between a wedding dress and fashion. There was no good taste, either. I realized that I could make an impression in terms of changing and readdressing the whole industry of bridal.”[4]

In 1990, a year after her own nuptials, she opened her own boutique, with financial support from her father, offering made-to-order wedding gowns as well as bridesmaid dresses and accessories. Endless celebrities would get married in a Vera Wang dress, including Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Uma Thurman, Mariah Carey, as well as political daughters Karenna Gore and Chelsea Clinton. After a few years, Wang began to push her bridal brand beyond dresses, into related retail ventures: china, silver, bedding, and fragrance—all the things a chic newlywed might need.

In 1993, she made good on another insight: that her long-dress-making skills would translate well to the red-carpet realm. She began making custom special-occasion gowns for a number of society women and a few actresses, and then launched a full-blown new label,Vera Wang. “The couture line evolved because I wanted to get into design and felt this would give me the opportunity to study the technique of dressmaking—even if you’re going to do a slip dress afterward,” she said in Vogue. “Fashion to me has become very disposable; I wanted to get back to craft, to clothes that could last.”[5]

In 2000 she at last introduced a ready-to-wear collection. Paul Cavaco, who had worked with her at Vogue before becoming Allure’s creative director, knew it would be good: “Vera loves clothes,” he said in a New York magazine profile of the designer. “Vera loves clothes beyond loving clothes; she loves everything that has to do with clothes. . . . So she is going to present you clothes in an extremely loving manner: beautiful clothes in the most beautiful way possible.”[6] He was 100 percent correct: Before the Age of Vera, bridal designers had typically been regarded with more than a smidgen of disdain, but she made the transition into “real” fashion to the sound of heartfelt critical applause.

Perhaps her greatest achievement, however, has been to retain a very refined brand image and air of exclusivity while pushing a quite democratic agenda. “Just because you’re from a city ten miles outside of St. Paul,” she told The Wall Street Journal, “it doesn’t mean you don’t read magazines, or the incredible Internet, and what’s going on in the world. I never, ever take a client, or women, for granted.”[7] And so, in 2007, she partnered with the affordable department store Kohl’s to launch Simply Vera Vera Wang, a sportswear and accessories line (the biggest partnership in the store’s history). less By 2011, her company’s annual sales were an estimated $700 million, and she was catering to both the Palm Beach crowd and Middle America with equal passion.

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  • How to book Vera Wang?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Vera Wang for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Vera Wang, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Vera Wang or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Vera Wang?

    Booking fees for Vera Wang, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Vera Wang, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Vera Wang?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Vera Wang for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Vera Wang for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Vera Wang or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Vera Wang or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Vera Wang is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Vera Wang for your event is $50,000 - $100,000. Vera Wang generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Kathy Ireland, Rachel Zoe, Nicole Richie, Tia Carrere and Kelly Osbourne. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Vera Wang for an upcoming event.

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