No designer is more synonymous with celebrity weddings than Vera Wang.
Over the past three decades, fashion has created one-of-a-kind wedding outfits for the likes of Victoria Beckham, Hailey Bieber, Kim Kardashian and Alicia Keys – and it all began with Kennedy.
“Victoria [Strauss] Married Bobby Kennedy’s son Max. So, Kennedy’s wedding was my first,” Wang told Page Six Style, as he contemplated the 1991 weddings.
“I remember the dress was great. And I remember that after all the work we put into it, within 10 minutes of the party, Victoria and Max were playing soccer. Typical of the Kennedy family – very athletic – she wore this extraordinary dress that we had worked on for six months, and she was Suffering from grass stains!”
In the years since, Wang has not only become the go-to for listeners in need of a gorgeous dress, but has also expanded her brand to include perfume, jewelry, and home goods — and most recently, The Knot’s wedding stationery collection, comprised of 14 coordinating wedding invitations and paper suites in styles ranging From classic to modern.
“When it comes to the invitations, this is the first time the couple has made a joint public statement not only about their feelings for each other, but also their taste, style, creativity and a sneak peek into how they intend to celebrate,” the designer says.
“It sets the tone—and the time of year, the type of wedding, all of those things are wrapped up in the invitation. And I think it’s a creative and fun project for the couple.”
It’s also the perfect warm-up method for choosing the perfect wedding dress, a process Wang knows all too well. But believe it or not, the New York-born—who spent nearly two decades as an editor for Vogue before launching her brand—didn’t have a background in bridal wear.
“It wasn’t until my 39-year-old engagement that I realized there was very little going on,” she recalls.
“I’ve really discovered that this market doesn’t have a lot of fashion. I wanted to offer women opportunities to go down a different path – to explore their own creativity, their body types, their own ways of celebrating, their own ways of dressing.”
Below, Wang looks at three of her most iconic wedding creations for Gwen Stefani, Ariana Grande, and Mariah Carey.
Gwen Stefani (2021)
Gwen knows clothes. A lot of performers at this level, are pretty smart about looking their best – most women are, but when it comes to performance it’s more [so]. I got to know Gwen, and knew a lot about the wedding in terms of how they would celebrate it.
I drew some inspiration from one of the collections I made, but on the other hand, [this gown] Lots of Gwen’s personality. There was this kind of charm and this kind of calm and a bit of a western vibe, and it was perfect for them.
Then I moved on to the mini version of the party—and in cowboy boots! The abundance and happiness of this couple was contagious. And it always affects collaborations, whether you’re introducing someone to the Oscars or to their wedding. It’s pretty much what you take into account as a designer when you collaborate.”
Ariana Grande (2021)
“I was really opposed to writing; she didn’t want to wear anything of a larger size, she wanted something very bodied. [-conscious] and graceful. It’s kind of from the 1930s. It’s tight, it’s bias [-cut]I think there is a certain grace and sensuality to this kind of look.
I also liked all the accessories – the bow and veil. They were very very Ariana. Youth, magic.”
Mariah Carey (1993)
“This was Princess Diana’s age, and I was very touched and affected by this wedding. I also knew Maria and I knew her husband at the time, Tommy Mottola, and they really wanted to celebrate and [go] Everyone is outside.
I think the train was 22 feet long; He looked a lot like Diana in Westminster Abbey. She wanted that level of pomp, circumstance, romance, and volume. She really wanted the look of a princess, and it was just one of those weddings that was really a fairy tale in the sense of size—and I don’t mean just the dress, I mean the ceremony and dinner afterwards and everything else. It was rock ‘n’ roll…or rock ‘n’ kings.”