Birthplace: New York City
Wang is widely considered the most respected and influential wedding dress designer in the world. She also designs evening wear, ready-to-wear, and ice-skating outfits. In fact, she designed the sleek costumes worn by Nancy Kerrigan in the 1994 Olympic Games. Wang herself was an elite skater and competed in the 1968 National Figure Skating Finals. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and the Sorbonne. Before she struck out on her own in 1990 as a designer, Wang worked for 16 years as an editor at Vogue and for two years as a design director for Ralph Lauren. Several celebrities, including Sharon Stone, Uma Thurman, Meg Ryan, and Tyra Banks, wear Vera Wang creations.