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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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

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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.

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