Vera Wang's Show of Courage

09/14/2006 at 05:25 PM ET

The saying goes “the show must go on” and for designer Vera Wang, those words have never been harder than they were today. On the morning of her highly anticipated Spring 2007 runway show, her beloved father passed away. A seminal figure in Wang’s life and career, it is he whom she credits as encouraging her to first create bridal gowns. The sad news was conveyed to the show’s attendees by a simple note found on each chair. It read “In memory of C.C. Wang.” Unable to cancel or reschedule, the famously tough designer bravely made an appearance. At the end of her beautiful and inspiring show, Wang walked solo down the runway, tears streaming down her cheeks, while the crowd which included Sarah Michelle Gellar and Kanye West, rose in ovation to salute her. There was hardly a dry eye in the room. “It was incredibly beautiful, one of the most spectacular shows I’ve seen in a while,” says PEOPLE Style Director Susan Kaufman. “It was a special moment.”

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Nicole on

Im sorry for your father’s passing….I know how it feel….my mom passed when I was 2…best wishes goes out to you and your family…

Jennilee on

My condolences go out to you and your family, May you & your family feel peace of mind and abundant strength during this very difficult time.

God Bless

jr on

May your faith and strength guide you and your family through this trying time. In memory of your father….

Lizzi on

I am so very sorry about your fathers passing. You are an inspiration to millions and you are a phenomenal designer.You will pass through this with great strength, I know it. I will keep you in my prayers.


Shellie on

Heartfelt wishes go out to you and your family at this most difficult time. Your father will continue to be the Angel that holds you up high and comforts you.


Maria on

Ms. Wang & Family, Even Though I don’t know you, I am very sorry for your loss. You design such beautiful bridal gowns for a day in the lives of women when their father’s are looked at in a most special way, and I can understand your father being your inspiration. He will always watch over you and your family. The world should also be greatful to him for creating you. Godbless. And may he rest in peace.
-Maria, NJ

Vi on

My most heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family, Ms. Wang. My own father passed when I was 17, and then, as now, prayers help. I will keep you, and your family in my prayers. Gather strength from your faith, and the love and support of those closest to you. May God be with you and your family.

Serena on


Since I was a little girl I have always admired your fresh sense of beauty and style. I loved the way your wedding gowns flowed and made the wearer shine with an almost etherial glow. I promised myself I would wear one on my wedding day!

I pray for you and your family today and ask god to give you the strength to move past this tough time in your life and to give you the ability to remember your father for the love and encouragement that he gave you.

I admire your courage, vera. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Serena D.

David Clossey on

great show of courage

Sarah on

You are an absoultely amazing designer and person, I’m so sorry for your loss.

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