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Fashion Designer; Former Editor at Vogue

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Vera Wang is a fashion designer based out of New York City. Born and raised in New York City, Wang is the child of wealthy Chinese immigrants. Her father was an executive in the pharmaceutical industry and her mother was the child of a Chinese warlord and worked as a translator for the United Nations. 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, and Columbia -- and was a competitive ice skater, even competing at the 1968 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. However, when she didn’t make the 1968 Olympic team, she “looked to fashion to replace it.”

Wang was hired to be an editor at Vogue immediately upon graduation from Sarah Lawrence College, making her the youngest editor at that magazine. She stayed at Vogue for 17 years, leaving in 1987 to join Ralph Lauren, for whom she worked for 2 years. At 40 she resigned and became an independent bridal wear designer, offering made-to-order wedding gowns as well as bridesmaids dresses and accessories. Endless celebrities have been married in a Vera Wang dress, including Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Alicia Keys, Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Uma Thurman, and Mariah Carey, as well as political daughters Karenna Gore and Chelsea Clinton. Wang has stated that she felt at the time that she could fill a void in the bridal industry, saying: "It just had not evolved. There was no modernity of necklines, there was no understanding of the tailoring. There was no relationship between a wedding dress and fashion."

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. Wang also designs for the red carpet and figure skaters. Nancy Kerrigan wore Wang for the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics, and Michelle Kwan wore her designs for the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics. Wang was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2009 for her contribution to the sport as a costume designer.

Perhaps her greatest achievement, however, has been to retain a very refined brand image and air of exclusivity while pushing a quite democratic agenda. In 2007, she partnered with the affordable department store Kohl’s to launch Simply Vera, a less-expensive ready-to-wear clothing and accessories line. She also has a line at David's Bridal, White by Vera Wang, which launched in 2011 and gives brides a less expensive way to wear Wang's legendary bridal designs.

She was honored with the Council of Fashion Designers of America Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

In 2018, Forbes placed her 34th in the list of America's Richest Self-Made Women.

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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

Fashion Designer; Former Editor at Vogue

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Vera Wang Biography

Vera Wang is a fashion designer based out of New York City. Born and raised in New York City, Wang is the child of wealthy Chinese immigrants. Her father was an executive in the pharmaceutical industry and her mother was the child of a Chinese warlord and worked as a translator for the United Nations. 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, and Columbia -- and was a competitive ice skater, even competing at the 1968 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. However, when she didn’t make the 1968 Olympic team, she “looked to fashion to replace it.”

Wang was hired to be an editor at Vogue immediately upon graduation from Sarah Lawrence College, making her the youngest editor at that magazine. She stayed at Vogue for 17 years, leaving in 1987 to join Ralph Lauren, for whom she worked for 2 years. At 40 she resigned and became an independent bridal wear designer, offering made-to-order wedding gowns as well as bridesmaids dresses and accessories. Endless celebrities have been married in a Vera Wang dress, including Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Alicia Keys, Kim and Khloe Kardashian, Uma Thurman, and Mariah Carey, as well as political daughters Karenna Gore and Chelsea Clinton. Wang has stated that she felt at the time that she could fill a void in the bridal industry, saying: "It just had not evolved. There was no modernity of necklines, there was no understanding of the tailoring. There was no relationship between a wedding dress and fashion."

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. Wang also designs for the red carpet and figure skaters. Nancy Kerrigan wore Wang for the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics, and Michelle Kwan wore her designs for the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics. Wang was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2009 for her contribution to the sport as a costume designer.

Perhaps her greatest achievement, however, has been to retain a very refined brand image and air of exclusivity while pushing a quite democratic agenda. In 2007, she partnered with the affordable department store Kohl’s to launch Simply Vera, a less-expensive ready-to-wear clothing and accessories line. She also has a line at David's Bridal, White by Vera Wang, which launched in 2011 and gives brides a less expensive way to wear Wang's legendary bridal designs.

She was honored with the Council of Fashion Designers of America Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

In 2018, Forbes placed her 34th in the list of America's Richest Self-Made Women.

Vera Wang Videos

  • Vera Wang | Full Q&A | Oxford Union
  • Vera Wang Interview | In the Studio | The New York Times
    Vera Wang, fashion designer, chats with Vanessa Friedman about how her private office is her “haven-slash-disco-slash-mental hospital” from the...
  • Vera Wang '71, keynote address to the Class of 2013: Sarah ...
    Sarah Lawrence College held its 85th Commencement on Friday, May 24, 2013, under a tent on the South Lawn in the shadow of Westlands.

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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 Donna Karan, Kathy Ireland, Anna Wintour, Tory Burch and Giuliana Rancic. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Vera Wang for an upcoming event.

Vera Wang Speaker Videos

  • Vera Wang | Full Q&A | Oxford Union
    Vera Wang Interview | In the Studio | The New York Times
    Vera Wang, fashion designer, chats with Vanessa Friedman about how her private office is her “haven-slash-disco-slash-mental hospital” from the pressure and demands of building her brand.
  • Vera Wang '71, keynote address to the Class of 2013: Sarah ...
    Sarah Lawrence College held its 85th Commencement on Friday, May 24, 2013, under a tent on the South Lawn in the shadow of Westlands.

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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