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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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.

Respect,

Lisa Brown Hackworth

Meredith on

You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

Sue on

Vera:
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.
love,
linda

Kim on

Vera,

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.

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