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Wang, Vera Ellen

Born: 1949 AD
Currently alive, at 69 years of age.
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1949 – Born on June 27th in New York City, New York. Chinese-American fashion designer residing at New York.

1968-1969 – A talented figure skater, Wang competed professionally throughout her teens. She placed fifth in the junior pairs competition in the U.S. National Championships with her partner, James Stuart.

1971 – Upon her graduation from college, Wang shelved her skating career and began working for Vogue magazine.

1972 – At the age of 23, Wang was promoted to senior fashion editor—a title she would hold for the next 15 years.

1987 – She left Vogue to take a job as design director for accessories at Ralph Lauren.

1989 – Married to Arthur Becker on June 22nd. Frustrated with the slim selection of existing bridal wear, she sketched her own design and commissioned a dressmaker to tailor the elaborate gown at a cost of $10,000. They had two daughters.

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

         – Wang has been honored with a number of awards for her achievements, including the Girl Scout Council’s Woman of Distinction Award.

         – She was elected as a member of the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America.

1993 – Wang has been honored as the Chinese American Planning Council’s Honoree of the Year Award

2001 – Wang launched her first fragrance and published a highly anticipated wedding guide.

         – Author of the book "Vera Wang on Weddings".

2005 – Named as Council of the Fashion Designers of America Womenswear Designer of the Year.

2006 – Recipient of André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

2007 – Endorser of Hewlett-Packard.

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