Vera Wang has separated from her husband, Arthur Becker, after 23 years of marriage.
A spokeswoman for Wang said the couple "mutually and amicably agreed to separate. They remain devoted parents to their two daughters."
Becker, a businessman, has not commented on the separation. He advised Wang as she built her business and is said to have advocated her expansion into mass market categories. He resigned from his position as CEO of NaviSite in 2010 and has become more involved in the day-to-day operations at Vera Wang over the last few years. A friend of Wang's said, "They will not let this impact the running of the company. They have worked too hard to build it up."
The couple married in New York City's Pierre Hotel in 1989, when Wang was just shy of her 40th birthday, and have since had two daughters, Cecilia and Josephine.
In a 2006 New York Magazine profile, Wang said she "was the girl who nobody thought would ever get married."
"I was going to be a fashion nun the rest of my life," she said. "There are generations of them, those fashion nuns, living, eating, breathing clothes. But Ralph said, 'Get yourself a husband and a family.' Anna said, 'You have got to get a family going here. You've been single for three decades now.' So I married my husband. There are days I'm not happy I did it, but there are days I'm thrilled — I mean, he has always understood my nature, which is that it’s always about product."
Photo: Wang and Becker attended a White House state dinner in honor of Chinese president Hu Jintao in January, 2011.