50 Inspirational Vera Wang Quotes (2021)

Which are your favorite Vera Wang quotes?

Vera Wang is an American fashion designer. She is most famously recognized for her wedding gown designs, which have been worn by many public figures such as ‘Hayley Williams’, ‘Ariana Grande‘, and ‘Ivanka Trump‘.

Throughout her designer career, Wang has successfully won a string of accolades, including being appointed as ‘Womenswear Designer of the Year’ and receiving the prestigious ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ both from the ‘Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)’.

She has designed costumes for many popular figure skaters such as ‘Nancy Kerrigan’ and ‘Michelle Kwan’ who both wore her piece in the widely celebrated Winter Olympics.

Here’s a collection of the most inspirational Vera Wang quotes:


50 Inspirational Vera Wang Quotes

1. “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.” – Vera Wang

2. “In the end, it’s not about failure, it’s about how much you love what you do.” – Vera Wang

3. “I am not the sort of woman who would wear high heels with a bathing suit. Let’s get that straight right now.” – Vera Wang

4. “Success isn’t about the end result; it’s about what you learn along the way.” – Vera Wang

5. “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.” – Vera Wang

6. “I do speak Mandarin, and I also relate to the hunger that China has for culture and architecture and style.” – Vera Wang

7. “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

8. “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.” – Vera Wang

9. “I like the gritty parts of fashion, the design, the studio, the pictures.” – Vera Wang


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10. “In the dream world of Matisse and the gritty reality of American frontier, the diversity of women in our society offers the chance for greater exploration and even greater inspiration.” – Vera Wang


11. “Is she going to, or has she done it? Has it happened? What is the story here?” – Vera Wang

12. “People get very trapped where they are. When they hear ‘fashion’ they get intimidated, particularly at the upper end because it’s so elitist.” – Vera Wang

13. “Don’t be afraid to take time to learn. It’s good to work for other people. I worked for others for 20 years. They paid me to learn.” – Vera Wang

14. “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.” – Vera Wang

15. “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.” – Vera Wang

16. “I brought color to bridal. There was one whole season of blush. If you think about the bareness, the illusion (fabric), the corsets that I did in bridal, they were trends in ready-to-wear, too.” – Vera Wang

17. “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.” – Vera Wang

18. “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.” – Vera Wang

19. “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.” – Vera Wang


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20. “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.” – Vera Wang


21. “I work with structure, but I go outside the box and give it my own spin. I adore the challenge of creating truly modern clothes – where a woman’s personality and sense of style are realized.” – Vera Wang

22. “Fashion offers no greater challenge than finding what works for night without looking like you are wearing a costume.” – Vera Wang

23. “I don’t live through my kids. But I do know what will happen in life, and I just want them well prepared.” – Vera Wang

24. “It’s hard to balance everything. It’s always challenging.” – Vera Wang

25. “They never ask the celebrities why they don’t wear their own clothes on the red carpet.” – Vera Wang

26. “It’s a remarkable exercise to sit and look at your own work over the years.” – Vera Wang

27. “I hate phones. All businesses are personal businesses, and I always try my best to get back to people, but sometimes the barrage of calls is so enormous that if I just answered calls I would do nothing else.” – Vera Wang

28. “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.” – Vera Wang

29. “I was struggling to find a way to make evening clothes more deconstructed. I like to think that I translated the Latin concept in a more modern way. I don’t think that I was that literal.” – Vera Wang


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30. “As the mother of two daughters, I have great respect for women. And I don’t ever want to lose that.” – Vera Wang


31. “Service is a prerequisite for anything relating to luxury. That makes it (shopping) sensual and pleasurable.” – Vera Wang

32. “I’ve been designing since I was 8. I started sketching dresses I could wear when skating. I was always involved in all aspects of skating, not just the technique, the choreography, the music, but the visual aspects, too – what I should wear.” – Vera Wang

33. “Brides today are increasingly sensitive to the tastes, feelings, and finances of their attendants.” – Vera Wang

34. “Ready-to-wear is what I’ve wanted to do since the beginning. … I’m not a girl who spends my life in a ballgown” – Vera Wang

35. “I’ve always tried to push myself technically and to push myself visually. That’s been part of the journey.” – Vera Wang

36. “It takes tremendous will to compete in any athletic endeavor, so it meant going to bed early and getting my homework done in advance. 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.” – Vera Wang

37. “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.” – Vera Wang

38. “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.” – Vera Wang

39. “My normal routine is pretty much putting out fires all day.” – Vera Wang


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40. “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.” – Vera Wang


41. “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.” – Vera Wang

42. “I wanted to breathe new life into the timeless trend of past, present, and future. These unique designs celebrate the bride and groom’s passage through their new life together.” – Vera Wang

43. “My closet is organized by tops, pants, and outerwear, but not a lot of dresses. Gowns are in another room because I don’t often dress formally, even though I design gowns. Like most designers, I have a uniform, and mine is a legging.” – Vera Wang

44. “A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her clothes.” – Vera Wang

45. “There was no relationship between a wedding dress and fashion. There was no good taste, either. I realized that I could make an impression in terms of changing and readdressing the whole industry of bridal.” – Vera Wang

46. “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.” – Vera Wang

47. “The key is falling in love with something, anything. If your heart’s attached to it, then your mind will be attached to it.” – Vera Wang

48. “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 is all about looking in the mirror.” – Vera Wang

49. “I was a total fashion insider who became an outsider when I did bridal.” – Vera Wang

50. “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.” – Vera Wang



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