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Vera Wang Went Into Design Because Things Weren't Working Out the Way She Wanted at Vogue

Vera Wang Went Into Design Because Things Weren't Working Out the Way She Wanted at Vogue


>> Donna Karan
recently admitted that getting a bad review from Cathy Horyn "still hurts"; add Vera Wang to the list of designers who don't enjoy seeing their collection reviewed.

In a recent interview with the AP: "Reviews can be hard to read, [Wang] says, because the reviewers are ignoring the bravery it takes on a designer's part to churn out collection after collection — on a strict schedule — to an often fickle audience. A filmmaker, for example, often can reshoot something or extend a deadline when something isn't working. A designer doesn't have that luxury."

And despite being so established, Wang still feels the need to fight for her brand to continue succeeding: "If you hang back, even just one season or one awards show, someone else is waiting to take your place, she says."

In fact, she wouldn't be a designer today if she hadn't always been about fighting to improve, Wang explains: "I had to learn to dust myself off and try again. That's my real story. I went to Vogue and I was not getting the big jobs and then I went to Ralph Lauren. I didn't feel like there was much more I could do at the time there — and I think that's given me the opportunity to struggle. You have to struggle to appreciate the successes in your life. It's not real otherwise."

 

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