Designer Vera Wang Appears to Have Drunk From the Fountain of Youth at 70

vera wang

Bridal gown designer Vera Wang is making jaws drop for her amazingly youthful appearance.

Wang, 70, whose full name is Vera Ellen Wang, was born on June 27, 1949 in New York City to Chinese immigrant parents and grew up in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, according to Biography.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

My biggest supporter. Florence Wu Wang. RIP. I miss you always.

A post shared by Vera Wang (@verawang) on

Wang attended the elite Chapin School and the School of American Ballet and later enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College. As a sophomore, she briefly studied at the Sorbonne in Paris before returning to the U.S. to finish her art history degree.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

La Tour Eiffel Etincille……les Collections commencent ! 💙🇫🇷👏

A post shared by Vera Wang (@verawang) on

Before becoming an icon in the fashion industry, Wang was a talented figure skater who competed in the 1968 and 1969 U.S. National Championships. She placed fifth in the junior pairs competition along with her partner, James Stuart.

 

After graduating from Sarah Lawrence in 1971, Wang hung her ice skates and began a career in fashion, working for Vogue magazine. She was then promoted to senior fashion editor at the age of 23 and became the youngest editor at the company, Fashion Model Directory reported.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Pre-sunset @davidsbridal @kohls

A post shared by Vera Wang (@verawang) on

Wang left Vogue after 16 years to work for Ralph Lauren. At 40, she decided to leave her job as the design director for accessories at Ralph Lauren to start her own career as a bridal gown designer.

She had a discussion with Calvin Klein about opening up a bridal wear salon, but the giant fashion house allegedly thought the idea was absurd. Wang decided to continue with her plan and opened up her own namesake salon in 1990 on Madison Avenue, New York. She then started her own label in 1994.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Oversized

A post shared by Vera Wang (@verawang) on

Wang received international attention when she designed a hand-beaded ensemble for figure skater Nancy Kerrigan during the 1994 Olympics.

Wang has two adopted daughters Cecilia, 29, and Josephine, 26, with her ex-husband businessman Arthur Becker. The two tied the knot in 1989 and ended their 23-year marriage in July 2012, 8Days reported.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Our first Thanksgiving together….. Cecilia Sloane 5 1/2 weeks….. me 41 yeArs! Already at the office. Mom and daughter

A post shared by Vera Wang (@verawang) on

Most of the gowns she designed were worn by socialites and celebrities, including Uma Thurman, Sharon Stone, Sarah Jessica Parker, Charlize Theron, Mariah Carey, Cate Blanchett, Posh Spice, Alicia Silverstone, Elisabeth Shue, Goldie Hawn, and many more.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to correctly report the current age of Vera Wang’s daughters, Cecilia and Josephine.

Feature Image via @VeraWang

Support our Journalism with a Contribution

Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.

Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.

However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community. Even a $1 contribution goes a long way. Thank you for everyone’s support. We love you all and can’t appreciate you guys enough.

NextShark is a leading source covering Asian American News and Asian News including business, culture, entertainment, politics, tech and lifestyle.

For advertising and inquiries: info@nextshark.com