Chances are, when you hear “wedding dress,” you think Vera Wang. The New York-based designer is renowned for her dreamlike, one-of-a-kind creations. Ms. Wang has redefined the wedding dress and, with it, the upscale wedding. Her designs have added style and glamour to the once-homogenous world of bridal wear; they prove that high fashion can—and, increasingly, will—walk down the aisle as well as it does on the runway.
And weddings aren’t the only thing that the prolific designer can do: her name also appears on a high-end ready-to-wear line, a diffusion line, a housewares line and even custom-made figure skating costumes. (Evan Lysacek may have skated his way to Winter Olympics gold in 2010, but Ms. Wang’s Swarovski-studded suit no doubt helped accentuate his figure-skating mastery.)
Ms. Wang’s imprint is unequaled on the bride’s special day—or days, with Vera Wang designs increasingly donned by some of the world’s most elegant brides, both real (Chelsea Clinton, Victoria Beckham and J.Lo, to name a few) and fictional (Charlotte in Sex and the City, both of the girls from Bride Wars). When it comes to fairy-tale weddings, Vera Wang is your fairy godmother.