Ironically, the woman best-known for delivering fairy-tale wedding dresses to blushing brides everywhere, is parting ways with her husband of 27 years.
On Tuesday, Vera Wang's rep confirmed that the preeminent wedding designer in the business is splitting from her man Arthur Becker. Although the couple has declined to comment, the president of Wang's company Mario Grauso released the following statement earlier today: "Vera Wang and Arthur Becker have mutually and amicably agreed to separate. They remain devoted parents to their two daughters."
The two wed in 1989 at The Pierre Hotel. At that time, Wang was a design director at Ralph Lauren and Becker was a stockbroker at Bear Stearns. (Talk about blast from the past). With encouragement from her new husband, Wang opened her very first private salon in The Carlyle a year later. Since then, Wang's empire has extended across seas, monopolizing both couture bridal wear and mass collections. She's launched her own fragrance, home fashion line, and diffusion line exclusively offered at Kohl's locations nationwide, strengthening her appeal to the average consumer.
The designer has also created gowns for a number of high-profile celebrities. They include Kim Kardashian, Chelsea Clinton, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Garner and Alicia Keys. Her gowns were also featured in Bride Wars- also known as that terrible movie starring Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson. Here's an interesting fact: The Eagles cheerleaders' uniforms are designed by Vera Wang.
Becker, who has a very entrenched role as an advisor to the company, will continue his duties extending the brand's mass appeal. With that said- let's hope this doesn't turn into a feud of Tory vs. Chris Burch caliber. A close source to the couple tells WWD, “They will not let this impact the running of the company. They have worked too hard to build it up.”
So we're left with one more question- Was Wang's critically-acclaimed, dramatic, black-gown collection that debuted in 2011 a preview of the looming split?