Vera Wang Quotes

I wanted something more elegant and subdued, but there wasn't anything.

I realized the desire to fill that niche.

I’m creating an image, a brand and a name.

Our authoritative position in bridal and bridal registry has allowed us to leverage this [consumer] trust into a lifestyle brand. The next logical step is to capitalize on our relationship with the client over the course of their lives. Our objective is to continue to grow our lifestyle product offering and keep pace with the evolving needs of the consumer.

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.

It is horrible to say, but I was stigmatized by being a bridal designer for a long time, I am amazed I have been able to move beyond it. I had really all but given up trying, but I did it because it was my lifelong dream.

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, learn more, learn faster, is something that came from skating. But I carried that with me for the rest of my life.

In America we think anything is possible. The Chinese feel they have to work to deserve it.

I really bathe in it and say, ‘Okay, I’m feeling really sorry for myself and life’s impossible and I cannot go another step.’ I dwell on it to the point that I get it out of my system, and then I am able to move on.”

I'm totally Americanized, yet in many ways the feelings I have for people and the respect I have are inherently Chinese. I am still deferential to my parents in a way that my daughters are not to me.

Ice skating was the first love of [my] life.

When I quit skating I asked myself, ‘What is the thing that I can do that so totally fulfills me the way skating did?’ And the only other thing was fashion. I didn't have anything else that I loved as much as clothes.

I am a feminist. When I stop and think about it, there's no other way I can label myself. I am for women. I think some of the greatest designers have been men, but I think there are some for whom women are abstract. It's a design concept. Or it's some kind of fantasy or joke on women. Either way, it's not based on a real understanding of women and women's needs. I respect other women, and my clothes show it. I'm not making fun of them or trying to degrade them or make them feel silly. I'm trying, if anything, to make them be at their very best.

All I did my first year at Vogue was Xerox. But my father said to me. ‘Keep doing it. You’re learning the business from the ground up.’ And he was right.

I ended up being exposed to more clothing at Vogue than most people see in a lifetime. There couldn’t have been a better education for me.

Go work for somebody and get paid to learn. It’s tempting to think you can go off and do your own thing, but there is so much to learn in ways you’d never know.

I would have done anything. I swept the floors at Scavullo’s studio when I was assisting Polly Mellen, and I would run out for yogurt for the models whenever they asked.

I was a great assistant, a true assistant. I mean, if something was left in my hands, it was done, without even a concern.

To be a fashion editor at Vogue, which is about the highest you can attain in fashion magazine-land, there's nothing you haven't been exposed to, no conditions under which you haven't worked, and you had to produce. You might be doing swimwear in January, or furs in July, with the makeup running and the hair limp and damp because the girl is sweating, but you have two days to do six of the biggest fur advertisers, and if you don't come home with extraordinary pictures, you're in deep trouble. And if your pictures aren't good over a period of time, you're in jeopardy for your job.

It's like boot camp. But when you walk out of there your mind functions differently. You don't ever see the world in the same way. And for that I'll always be so incredibly grateful.

I never thought I'd be successful. It seems in my own mind that in everything I've undertaken I've never quite made the mark. But I've always been able to put disappointments aside. Success isn't about the end result; it's about what you learn along the way.

When I was [young] I thought nothing of waking up at four in the morning and rushing to the rink just to have 10 minutes longer on the ice than my competitors. I had to sacrifice things, like a social life, to be a skater at 15. But I loved skating so much that it was worth everything to me.

The key is falling in love with something, anything. If your heart's attached to it, then your mind will be attached to it. When you have a passion for something then you tend not only to be better at it, but you work harder at it too.

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