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Vera Wang Quotes

Vera Ellen Wang

Vera Wang quotes: self-made millionaire fashion designer on fashion, passion, and more.

“Do something you really love.  It doesn’t matter what it is: being a mom, teaching, whatever you love.  If you love it, it’ll get you through the hard times, and if you don’t, it’s not authentic or real anyway.”

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

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

“When you have a passion for something then you tend not only to be better at it, but you work harder at it too.”

“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.”

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

“When you love something, every day goes by in 10 minutes.”

“We got a lot of letters of people who didn’t like them, like my own family who thought they were unnecessary and unpleasant and taking advantage of women in a sad situation – I never saw that.  And I think that sometimes, you have to take a risk.”

“I never 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.”

“No matter how bad things get, no matter how discouraged I feel, no matter how much of a failure I feel like – and that applies to motherhood, friendship, everything – I try to believe there’s a reason, there’s a process, and there’s a learning experience.  Maybe the journey is where I gained wisdom, where I gained confidence, a sense of reality, a sense of creativity.”

“My father said to just do something and see where it leads you.  But if you do nothing, then you have no one to blame but yourself.”

“Clothes are my passion and my knowledge.  I’ve studied fashion from every angle – historically and critically, cerebrally, and emotionally.”

“People get very trapped where they are.  When they hear ‘fashion’ they get intimidated, particularly at the upper end because it’s so elitist.  If you can bring your own concept or your viewpoint and translate it not down but out, then you’re really successful in the truest sense.”

“I think fashion is intensely personal.  It should be.  It should give a woman a creative outlet, it should give her a little bit of an escape, and it should give her a little bit of individuality that she can add to her life.”

“I’ve been designing since I was eight.  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.”

“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.”

“Figure skating gave me that love of beauty, that love of line.  And, that love of telling a story of some sort and reaching people emotionally.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her clothes.”

“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.”

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

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

“I used to get tons of letters that said, ‘I’ll never get to wear you,’ or ‘I’ll never get married in one of your dresses,’ or ‘I’ll never have an evening gown like the one I saw on the red carpet.’  I thought that was sad, because you give your life to this and you end up reaching very few people.  So that was a major goal for me – to be able to reach and encourage more women, to encourage them to express themselves and be what they want to be.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“The very fact you have the power… to set trends and to make sociological statements, not just fashion statements, that’s very powerful.  You build an innate respect not only for fashion but for women.”

“People have done far better than me in far shorter periods of time, but that wasn’t my story.  It was brick by brick, client by client, store by store.  It’s been a trip of passion, but it has not been a quick trip.  Nor has it been easy.  And that is the truth.”

“Life isn’t always measured by tangible results.”

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

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

“I try to not get ahead of myself.  Sometimes you are influenced by the people around you and they’re pushing you and it’s hard to make every decision a right decision.  But I try to have my feet on the ground.  It’s been a trip of passion and respect for the client and respect for how relevant you have to keep the brand in a changing world.”

“You, and all young women, are the future of the world.  If I can leave a legacy that I’ve empowered even one young woman and given her hope, then I will have made a contribution.”

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