Vera Wang was born in 1949 in New York City. Her mother Florence Wu was a UN translator, and her father Cheng Chin Wang was an oil and pharmaceutical tycoon. She completed studies at Sarah Lawrence College and French Sorbonne.
Before she went on her own, she worked sixteen years as a Fashion Director at Vogue, and then two years as a design director for Ralph Lauren. In 1990 Vera Wang opened her Vera Wang Bridal House. The inspiration for the franchise came from the search for the perfect dress for her own wedding with Arthur Becker. Now Vera Wang is perhaps the best known wedding dress designer. Many celebrities wore Vera Wang wedding dress including Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Sharon Stone, Uma Thurman, Mariah Carey, Holly Hunter.
Inspired by her love of ice skating she decided to design skating dresses. In 1994 a simple white skating dress worn by Nancy Kerrigan on the Winter Olympics made her name. Vera Wang continues to design costumes for Michelle Kwan and others.
In 1993, she introduced a line of evening wear. Some of the top Hollywood actresses wore her gowns including Holly Hunter, Goldie Hawn, Meg Ryan, Whoopi Goldberg.
In spring 2002 Vera Wang launched her first signature fragrance Vera Wang perfume very exotic and feminine fragrance with notes of mandarin, lotus and iris.
In 2004 Vera Wang introduced her first men cologne Vera Wang , an elegant cologne with notes of nutmeg, anise, mandarin leaf, tobacco, leather and sandalwood.
In 2006 Vera Wang launched her second perfume Princess, a sexy scent with notes of water lily, apple, mandarin, dark chocolate, amber, musk and vanilla. Princess became a popular perfume from the very beginning, marking selling records of almost all fragrance stores. This year Princess received the “Oscar for fragrances” – 2007 Fifi Award.
This year Vera Wang launched also new rose-based fragrance Truly Pink. Truly Pink perfume possesses notes of freesia, cassis, peony, pink rose, iris and violet wood.
Vera Wang wedding dresses are sold in her Bridal House, better bridal salons, and some department stores including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Barney’s. Her perfumes are sold everywhere including some popular online fragrance stores such as Fragrance Place. In 2006, national department store Khol’s announced that it would carry clothing and handbags designed by Vera Wang.