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.

beach babe on

oh , now that’s just sad:(

I am so sorry

with love,
beach Babe

may only the best things happen to you

sunshinegrl on

I am sorry for the passing of your father, I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Celeste on

Dear Ms. Wang,

Please accept my condolences at such a difficult time. I’d like to share a thought I hope you will be able to find comforting. Revelation 21:3,4 describes a time when death will be done away with forever, where it says “He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away”.

Sorry for your family’s loss.



Jeanette on

I know it is in God’s Hands that he will fly & soar above you. Your Dresses inspired me to find just the right one.
My Mom died at 19 so finding the right dress was a tough path. I watched all your designs & sketches & tried on a ton till I got the perfect one.

Helen Jiang on

I’m sorry, i hope you will break through and remeber him but at the same time forget about the sorrow it brought to you.

With my sympathy,


iris on

My condolences go out to you and your family

Cindy Cochran on

I was so sorry to hear of the death of your
father. My thoughts are with you and your
family. I know he is very proud of you and
your success.

Morgan Brown on

Ms. Wang,
You are and have always been a figure of inspiration for me. As an aspiring young designer, you have been a constant ideal for me. I am most sorry for the passing of your father. I admire you all the more for making the appearance at your show and want you to know how you’ve continued to reaffirm for me that you’re the kind of woman worthy of being looked up to. My prayers are with you and your family and they will continue to be.

All the best,
Morgan Brown

lisa on

I’m so sorry for your loss. The only thing that will make you feel better is time. I just want you to know that you are very talented and I admire you greatly for your courage and strength. You will always be loved and your father willnever be forgotten.

Tara Damroze on

Vera! She is so so wonderful! Ever since I was a little girl I knew that one day she will design my wedding gown! I am so proud of her for being such a strong person as to show up at her show right after such a horrible tragedy!

Johanna on

I attended your show this morning and I thought it was beautiful and wonderful. You are such an admirable and brave designer and I admire your strength during the show today. My condolences on your loss.

Elaine on

Upon the tragic death of my 25 year old son on 7/12/06, a colleague wrote, “Enjoy what you shared with him. I can tell there were many good times. And mourn as you should, because someone that close, should not go without being missed.”

He deserves to be missed, Vera. My best wishes to you.

sarah faruqui on

my father passed away over the summer and i’m only 18. my father was a great dad and he loved us a lot. he took care of us even though we didn’t have much he never made us feel it. so you should be greatful for all of the years you had tyo spend with him . i no it will be hard. but you have to hang in their and keep him in your memory. i’m sure he was proud of all your accomplishments and i’m Very very sorry for your loss.

Nancy Hashimoto on

Dear Vera Wang,

I am very sorry to hear the passing of your beloved Father, you are indeed a powerful person and an incredible fashion desinger. I am sure your father was the proudest ever and you made him so happy becoming the successful and famous designer that you are. You are very lucky that your father was able to see you dreams come true. I admire you very much. Please be strong during this difficult time.

Sincerely, Nancy


Patty on

I am very sorry for your loss. It will be 9 years this November since I lost my father. The one thing I have discovered, you can still feel them with you because their love lives on in your heart.

Nikki on

I’m so sorry for your loss. My parents were my inspiration as well and are responsible for my success and any future success to come. They both died a short while ago but they are still very much alive in me as I’m sure your father is in you.

Jennifer on

I’m so sorry to hear about your father’s passing Ms. Wang. It was very brave of you to go on with your show and I’m sure that your father would have been so proud. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

thwoo on

Dear Ms Wang,
As an Asian myself also, I would like you to know that you’ve been an inspirational and a role model to many of us and to many people around the world. Don’t be sad, your father will always be with you and whereever he is now, I know he is very proud of you. God bless you.

Thwoo (hk)

danielle on

all my thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

J. on

I’m so very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

Mati Torrents on

Vera, I have suffered the loss of my parents and know the pain and loss is great. Know, however, that he will always be near in your memories and in your love for each other. I am saddened by your loss and ask God to bless and be with you during this sadness. With love, Mati

Lisa Brown Hackworth on

Ms. Wang,

My condolences to you and your family. I too know what it feels like to lose a dad. Cry whenever you want…it’s healthy.


Lisa Brown Hackworth

Meredith on

You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

Sue on

My heartfelt condolences go out to you. I lost my father when I was 4 years old, and lost my mother a few days after my 18th birthday. I’m 27 years old now, and I still feel the loss of my parents. So I know what you are going through. The one thing that has helped me through both of my parents’ deaths is that I know that they are still with me in my heart. And there’s other times, little things happen that makes me think of them, and I know their spirits are with me, watching over me.

Your father’s passing will get easier for you, but you will never get over that feeling of loss. Just look back on all of the good memories you share together, and look back up on pictures of him. I have found that to be the most soothing when I find myself missing them more than usual. May God Bless You and watch over you during this most difficult time!

Chelle on

Although I do not know you, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time…I am so sorry for your loss…you strength through this difficult time amazes me…you are an extremely talented designer…i wore one of your beautiful gowns the day my daddy gave me away…i am a total daddy’s girl and i sympathize with your loss…may God bless you during this difficult time.

Lisa on

My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. My father is the drive behind my life, too. God bless you and give you strength.

linda on

Dear Ms. Wang,
My tears well up when I think about what you must be going through. Please take the time to grieve and heal.

Kim on


I’m sorry to hear of your fathers passing but please take some solace in knowing that he’s very proud of you and all that you’ve done as a designer, mother and daughter. I’m a big fan of your work and hope to one day walk down the aisle in one of your beautiful wedding gowns.
I will pray for you that God will help you through this difficult time and to give you the strength to go on.

Linda on

My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. You’re so incredibly brave and talented, and I’m sure that’s due to the passion that you have for your work – which was inspired by your father. You’re so amazing and such an inspiration. Keep your head up, your shoulders back, and don’t be afraid to cry. Take care.

Katie on

I don’t know what to say. I love your work and happen to own, many of them. i wished I coulnd make it to your show but I happen to be in design collage and could no tak e the time off. You have inspired me to be a designer and I hope one day I Will be able to et to your standerd. I’m trully sorry.

Angie Monges on

Vera – I’m so sorry to learn about your father’s passing. How wonderful that he was such a great inspiration in your life. You are a huge success and surely made him proud. May God bless you and give you strength and peace in this difficult time. Angie Monges

Janet Ferreira on

Your father have raised you with such strength and from what I seen in this picture of you walking down that runaway I truly believe he was walking with you. Your an inspiration to many and he was an inspiration to you. Let this not slow you down in life but to appreciate even more.
Best wishes to you and your family

Leah on

Im soo sorry about your father. I give you and your family well wishes.
Your an amazing designer and you will be forever!

Fran on

My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you. I am sure he would have wanted the show to go on!!! Hang in there, he is watching.

Sayomi De Soyza on

May God be with you and guide you through this time of your life. Trust him and he will help you deal with your sorrow and pain.

cynthia on

I am so sorry for yourt loss! Love your perfumes..just purchased Vera Wand Princess and I love it. God bless you Ms. Wang.

Elle Sia on

One of the hotest designers around…so sorry for your father’s passing. Stay strong!


Michelle on

I am so proud of you! That was very brave of you to continue on what should have been such an exciting and exhilirating day for you! When in reality it probably was one of, if not the toughest day of your life. It takes strong character to not give in and hide under the sheets, but to hold up your head and go forward. That strong character is what will get you through this difficult period in your life. Again, I am proud of you!

J on

You are an extraordinary designer and person. I admire you immensely.

Joyce G. on

I lost my Mom in 1997 at age 58, and my younger brother in 2003 at 35, and I’ve never been the same since. They both left a huge hole in my heart and can get worse at times.

However, hard as it is, life has to move on and we need to focus on those living that we also love and care about; needing us to be strong and healthy.

Ms. Wang, my prayers are with you and your family. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. Your inner strength moved me and I’m so proud of you! In time, I know you will rise above this.

Joyce in Clifton, NJ

Jessica on

Ms. Wang – I was so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Your show/appearance is an inspiration to us all and a wonderful tribute to your father. I am sure he was smiling down on you w/great pride.

beach babe on

dear vera

i really am admiring u for taking such a negative event and turning in to something positive.

u know there are people like me out there supporting u and depending on you.

p.s. your father is going to always be proud of you no matter what

Lissa on

I think you are who you are not only because you are so hardworking and talented, but also because you are the personification of courage and perseverance.

Dianne on

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He will still be your anchor from above.

B.J. on

Dear Vera,

I truly understand what you are going through right now. My mother passed last month, and it has not even been a whole month yet. It feels like to long…I am in the fashion industry and it was my mother, like your father, who inspired me to do what I love and contribute in some way to the fashion industry. My prayers are with you, and I hope to see you and talk with you in person one day.

many blessings,

Elizabeth on

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Laurs on

Sending brightest blessings to you and your family at this time, Ms. Wang. Your designs allowed me to feel like a princess at my wedding, and I will never forget my own fathers look when he saw me in one of your gorgeous creations.

I will always remember YOUR daddy when I see mine, and wish you many blessings and prayers at this sad time.

Condolences and best wishes,

Christelle Morrison on

I am very sorry for your loss; may peace be with you and your family.

lis on

my condolences. may he r.i.p. God bless.

Henrietta Durane on

My sincerest condolences on the loss of your father. As a daughter I know what a special part our father’s play in our lives. No matter how much people try to comfort you your heart will still hurt. May it comfort you to know that people everywhere are praying for you and pulling for you. May your father live on in all your memories.–Henrietta

olha on

i’m sorry

msleslie1967 on

Dear Ms.Wang, my prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Just know that he is at peace and forever smiling down on you. God Bless.

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