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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Angie Monges on

Vera – I’m so sorry to learn about your father’s passing. How wonderful that he was such a great inspiration in your life. You are a huge success and surely made him proud. May God bless you and give you strength and peace in this difficult time. Angie Monges

Janet Ferreira on

Your father have raised you with such strength and from what I seen in this picture of you walking down that runaway I truly believe he was walking with you. Your an inspiration to many and he was an inspiration to you. Let this not slow you down in life but to appreciate even more.
Best wishes to you and your family
~*~

Leah on

Vera,
Im soo sorry about your father. I give you and your family well wishes.
Your an amazing designer and you will be forever!
xoxo

Fran on

My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you. I am sure he would have wanted the show to go on!!! Hang in there, he is watching.

Sayomi De Soyza on

May God be with you and guide you through this time of your life. Trust him and he will help you deal with your sorrow and pain.

cynthia on

I am so sorry for yourt loss! Love your perfumes..just purchased Vera Wand Princess and I love it. God bless you Ms. Wang.

Elle Sia on

One of the hotest designers around…so sorry for your father’s passing. Stay strong!

xoxo
elle

Michelle on

I am so proud of you! That was very brave of you to continue on what should have been such an exciting and exhilirating day for you! When in reality it probably was one of, if not the toughest day of your life. It takes strong character to not give in and hide under the sheets, but to hold up your head and go forward. That strong character is what will get you through this difficult period in your life. Again, I am proud of you!

J on

You are an extraordinary designer and person. I admire you immensely.

Joyce G. on

I lost my Mom in 1997 at age 58, and my younger brother in 2003 at 35, and I’ve never been the same since. They both left a huge hole in my heart and can get worse at times.

However, hard as it is, life has to move on and we need to focus on those living that we also love and care about; needing us to be strong and healthy.

Ms. Wang, my prayers are with you and your family. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. Your inner strength moved me and I’m so proud of you! In time, I know you will rise above this.

Joyce in Clifton, NJ

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