Vera Wang quote

"I make things of my own that aren't that glam, but I'm not known for that, which has always been a bit of a frustration for me."

Vera Wang

Born: June 27, 1949

Occupation: Fashion designer

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The key is falling in love with something, anything. If your heart's attached to it, then your mind will be attached to it.

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To me, eyewear goes way beyond being a prescription. It's like makeup. It's the most incredible accessory. The shape of a frame or the color of lenses can change your whole appearance.

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When I design a wedding dress with a bustle, it has to be one the bride can dance in. I love the idea that something is practical and still looks great.

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Design is about point of view, and there should be some sort of woman or lifestyle or attitude in one's head as a designer.

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Fashion offers no greater challenge than finding what works for night without looking like you are wearing a costume.

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A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her clothes.

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It's hard to balance everything. It's always challenging.

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My mother was extremely controlled, sort of flawless. And I always tend to be a bit more hippie.

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All those years of skating and dancing have carried over. I can't design anything without thinking of how a woman's body will look and move when she's wearing it.

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Although in skating you compete with other people, anyone who achieves a certain level of success is first and foremost competing against themselves. And for me the idea that I could always do better,...

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All I did my first year at Vogue was Xerox.

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Brides today are increasingly sensitive to the tastes, feelings and finances of their attendants.

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Fashion to me has become very disposable; I wanted to get back to craft, to clothes that could last.

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I always see where I didn't do things the right way. I only see the heavy lifting. That's a bit of my wisdom, if you want to call it that.

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I am not the sort of woman who would wear high heels with a bathing suit. Let's get that straight right now.

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I do speak Mandarin, and I also relate to the hunger that China has for culture and architecture and style.

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I don't live through my kids. But I do know what will happen in life, and I just want them well prepared.

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I was a total fashion insider who became an outsider when I did bridal.

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I'm only waiting for Lindsay Lohan's fashion collection to come out. Ten years from now, there may be no real designers left.

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I've always tried to push myself technically and to push myself visually. That's been part of the journey.

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It's a remarkable exercise to sit and look at your own work over the years.

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My bedroom is my sanctuary. It's like a refuge, and it's where I do a fair amount of designing - at least conceptually, if not literally.

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My normal routine is pretty much putting out fires all day.

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People get very trapped where they are. When they hear 'fashion' they get intimidated, particularly at the upper end because it's so elitist.

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The great thing about having a pool in L.A. is that I can use it year-round. And since I've always been an athlete, staying fit is very important.

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They never ask the celebrities why they don't wear their own clothes on the red carpet.

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I wanted to define the vocabulary of a wedding both visually and intellectually. The book is about more than weddings or wedding dresses. It's a metaphor for women's lives, their creativity.

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Let's be realistic, how many people are buying a $2,000 skirt? I love to design things that people can actually buy. I'm staggered by what a boot costs today.

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Even the most understated ceremony involves a certain respect for ritual and pageantry. No one plays more of a significant role than the bride's attendants.

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Figure skating has been a great influence for me. I took dance at the School of American Ballet, which helped my own skating. And whether you are a skater or a dancer, without sounding narcissistic, it...

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I do think I know more about clothes than any 500 designers, because there's nothing like wearing them. You buy them, you study them, and you start to understand how they're crafted.

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I see myself as a true modernist. Even when I do a traditional gown, I give it a modern twist. I go to the past for research. I need to know what came before so I can break the rules.

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I started at the very highest level so the upper end is something I know very well. I know it instinctively. But all the years I was designing, it frustrated me that I could reach so few women.

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I was an art history major, but never specifically contemporary. I would say where I really stopped were the abstract expressionists in the New York school.

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I was the girl who nobody thought would ever get married. I was going to be a fashion nun the rest of my life. There are generations of them, those fashion nuns, living, eating, breathing clothes.

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I was trying to manage school and training for the Olympics and ended up not doing well at either. That was a big lesson in my life. My mother expected both.

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