“To all the women and men I have dressed, thank you for your trust.”
–Vera Wang

Even as Vera Wang accepted her Lifetime Achievement Award from the CFDA, she acknowledged that it was the public’s support that helped her to achieve such success as a designer.

Like many that have come before her, Wang’s success in the fashion world is the result of amazing talent, ridiculously hard work, taking chances, and garnishing support from loyal lovers of her designs.  Growing up in Manhattan as a competitive ice skater, Wang first started in fashion by making her own costumes.  Her love for fashion grew and, against her parent’s wishes, Wang worked for Vogue rising up to senior editor. After seventeen years of Vogue-ing, Wang left to become a design director for Ralph Lauren and then took her biggest leap two years later by opening her first bridal shop on Madison Ave.

Vera Wang Bridal Couture

Vera Wang Bridal Couture

The rest, as they say, is fashion history.

Designer success stories like Vera’s are our driving motivation here at Nineteenth Amendment.  We believe that with the right support and determination our Nineteenth Amendment designers can achieve their own version of fashion fame. We recognize that the economic landscape has changed drastically since the day when Wang first started, which is why we are using technology to level the playing field for emerging designers. So for all the future Ms. Wangs out there, we’re here to help get you started, and we’ll be sure to applaud you when you receive your own CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award! Cheers!

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