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‘The Story Behind My Celebrity Brides’

Brides UK

As featured in the March/April 2011 issue of Brides UK… “Long live Queen Vera. She’s the dress designer du jour for A-list brides everywhere and is celebrating 20 years in the industry. Alice du Parcq meets Vera Wang, the one-woman bridal brand.” Brides guest editor Vera Wang, “doyenne of all things bridal and creator of tableware, fragrances and even mattresses,” shares her story on how it all began, the secrets to her success and, of course, the inside scoop behind a few of her celebrity brides

Chelsea Clinton: July 31st, 2010
The same day as Alicia Keys, five hours later, Chelsea got married in Rhinebeck [in Duchess County, NY]. She wanted something artistic. I took the idea for her ruffled skirt from one of my ready-to-wear collections. She wanted something that was her ‘coming of age.’

Victoria Beckham: July 4, 1999
Mr. Pearl [the London corset couturier] made the inside corset. He and I worked together. Victoria wanted her waist to be like Scarlet O’Hara’s in Gone with the Wind. She wanted something that was ‘rock-queen bride’. Slim Barrett made her crown. In order to make the waist that small, the bodice had to come back and forth from England to New York at least six times. That dress is what I call the ‘Transatlantic dress’!

Ivanka Trump: October 25, 2009
Ivanka Trump wanted to be covered and wanted lace, so we had four different types of lace mixed up and cut by hand by one woman who put it together, piece by piece.

Alicia Keys: July 31st, 2010
Alicia said, ‘Vera, I wanna be Grecian,’ and I said, ‘You wanna be barefoot and pregnant, right?’ and she said, ‘Yes!’ So we went after that Greco-Roman style and she got married barefoot, pregnant and totally divine.

Hilary Duff: August 14, 2010
A few days after the Chelsea-Alicia wedding day, we dressed Hilary Duff and that was a whole other direction. She wanted ‘mermaid’. The dress was embellished by hand. That was full-on Hollywood couture glamour.

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