A "new look" is indeed in the works for the Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders.
A decade after debuting her first batch of the squad's uniforms, fashion designer Vera Wang is in the process of currently redesigning the green-and-white, skimpy spandex pieces.
"We are thrilled that we are continuing our relationship with Ms. Wang - one that we have had for ten years," confirmed the Philadelphia Eagles. The organization says the project is currently in the "very preliminary stages."
An American household name, Vera Wang carries clout not only with the legions of brides who dream of walking down the aisle in the 63-year-old's couture creations: She's revered by the fashion industry. Wang was a former senior fashion editor at Vogue, and design director at Ralph Lauren for two years before she launched her eponymous line in 1990. The New York-based fashion figure also dabbles in multiple partnerships and side projects, including a diffusion line of home products for Kohl's and a popular, lower-priced collection of wedding gowns offered at David's Bridal called "White by Vera Wang."
A close friend of the Lurie's when she originally agreed to design the uniforms, Wang debuted the recognizable white push-up sports bra and black and green striped boy-cut short combo at the gala opening of the Linc. Keeping chilly climate conditions in mind, she added pieces like black spandex pants, cut-off sweaters, and full bodysuits for the cheerleaders to layer over their unis during the fall and winter months. "These outfits are highly athletic," Wang told Elizabeth Wellington in a 2003 interview. "It was a challenge to make sure the pieces were sexy and they wouldn't fall apart," she added.
A former figure skater herself, Wang has designed costumes for Olympic athletes like Nancy Kerrigan and Michelle Kwan in the past. Most recently, she's been serving as a mentor to Coatesville-born and Delaware-bred national figure skater Johnny Weir. The Eagles cheerleaders are lucky to sport a second set of looks created by a highly-regarded designer like Wang, who possesses a firm understanding of athletic prowess and movement.
The new designs, we're certain, will be a combination of haute and hot couture.
Read more from the vault: Designer Cheek They're skimpy, they're sporty. The Eagles' cheerleaders' uniforms are hot couture - designed by the famed Vera Wang. Eagles' cheerleaders' new Vera Wang look sports lots of skin. (September 9, 2003)