63 year old (she doesn’t look it) Vera Wang, the wedding dress designer whose name is synonymous with romance and the highlight of every bride’s big day, has separated from her husband, Arthur Becker, after nearly 23 years of marriage. The couple got married at the Hotel Pierre in 1989 after becoming informally engaged in 1988 during a trip to Hawaii, and have two daughters, Cecilia and Josephine.
In 2006, Ms Wang described her marriage as a surprise to New York magazine. She said: ‘I was the girl who nobody thought would ever get married. I was going to be a fashion nun the rest of my life.’It was her own experience while shopping for her wedding dress that resulted into the creation of one of the world’s largest wedding dress brand after she could find any wedding dress that caught her fancy. Eventually, she gave up and hired a dressmaker to create her own gown, for $10,000.
In 1990, after the experience of her wedding, she opened her own design salon in the Carlyle Hotel in New York, featuring her now trademark bridal gowns with financial backing from her father.
The Vera Wang label quickly took off, earning praise from the fashion elite and becoming a favouite amongst brides, having dressed many well-known public figures, such as Chelsea Clinton, Ivanka Trump, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Garner, Sharon Stone, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kate Hudson, and most recently, Kim Kardashian on their big days.
In a release, the president of Ms Wang’s company, Mario Grauso, said in a statement, ‘Vera Wang and Arthur Becker have mutually and amicably agreed to separate. They remain devoted parents to their two daughters.’
Their separation comes just two weeks before their 23rd wedding anniversary; the now 63-year-old designer was 39 when she wed Mr Becker, a computer executive who has become increasingly involved with the Vera Wang brand over the years., acting as a close adviser over the years.