Tough Love with Vera Wang
Today, we’re sharing 7 super tips from American fashion designer, Vera Wang. Wang worked for Vogue and Ralph Lauren before launching her own bridal gown boutique in 1990. She gained international recognition for her wedding dress designs. Her gowns have been worn by numerous celebrities. She expanded her brand to include ready-to-wear fashion, accessories, fragrances, and home goods. You’ll hear tips on ways to distinguish yourself from all of the others, tips on how to navigate difficult relationships with superiors, being the face of your brand, why you should be doing what you love, and much, much more.
Need a sneak peek? Below are the main takeaways from the episode.
Tough Love with Vera Wang
“My unlikely start. That’s, that’s pretty fair. And it’s pretty true. I think I was the girl least expected to get married. And I waited until the ripe old age of 40. But in all honesty, I think my life was very much defined by what my career path was when I finally got engaged. There weren’t very many dresses that I found were suitable for a 40-year-old bride, which perhaps today doesn’t sound as old. But most of the brides I was shopping for dresses with were 25. And I said there’s got to be something for someone my age. And not only that I came from Vogue magazine where I was a senior fashion editor. So my experience at Vogue with the entire world of fashion at my disposal, made me a little bit more. I think carefully about what kind of dress I want to wear more knowledgeable. And so there really wasn’t anything out there. That made me feel it was the right dress for me. And that’s sort of what prompted this whole business. It’s been almost in a weird way random. Nonetheless, amazing things have happened because of the way I live my life.
I have a unique approach to learning it I’d love for you to share with our audience that is somewhat instilled by your father.
Truth is I really wanted to go to design school. And my father would not pay for any more education. It was more about working. And I think that’s something I say to a lot of young people who want to be in a fashion that you should work for somebody you respect. And if you can get that, then you should just work for someone in fashion. If you really want to then you’ll know whether you really want to be in fashion or not. Because you may think you want to be but until you work you don’t know. Also, it really is great to be paid to learn. It’s a wonderful thing to learn, and somebody actually hands you a paycheck. And I think that’s one of the great things that the great piece of advice I can give to any young person who wants to be in any industry is getting paid to learn.”
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