A Lifetime Passion for Fashion
Vera Wang, arguably
the queen of red-carpet
dressing, didn’t go into the fashion business with stars in her eyes. She knew about its unglamorous
(乏味的) side, the hard work and, especially, the risks. And there were plenty of doubts along the way.
But every time one person—and, she says, it really just takes one—understands what she’s trying to express with a certain design, she’s reminded of the reason why she became involved in fashion, and why she’s still in it: there’s an indefinable
that comes when she’s helped a woman look and feel her best.
Wang, 63, was honored for lifetime achievement by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA, 美国时装设计师协会) earlier this month at its prestigious
awards show, which is often called “the Oscars of fashion.”
“To all the women and men I have dressed, thank you for your trust,” she said after accepting the award from her mentor (导师) and former employer Ralph Lauren.
There’s rarely a Hollywood event or an A-list wedding where Wang’s name doesn’t come up. Her hit designs include the lavender
skirt actress Sharon Stone paired
with a Gap shirt at the Oscars in 1998 and Chelsea Clinton’s crystal-waistband
Wang also has two lower-priced lines. She’s developed a fragrance
business and home-goods collection. And she has a branded flower bouquet
Wang wasn’t always sure this would be her path. She studied art history at Sarah Lawrence College and was a competitive figure skater in contention
for a spot on the 1968 U.S. Olympic team. Her family wasn’t initially supportive of fashion as a career path, and although they had some financial means, they didn’t back her at first. So she went to work as an editor at Vogue, and then at Ralph Lauren, before launching her company in 1990 as a bridal brand. She earned fame and respect through hard work.
described Wang as “a unique young woman filled with a rare passion for fashion.” “In all the years since, I have watched her drive, dedication
(奉献) and talent shape an entire world inspired by her own life—first as a bride, then as a wife and mother, but always as a strong and beautiful woman,” Lauren said.
Which is not Wang‘s business？
B. flower vase