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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Jessica on

Ms. Wang – I was so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Your show/appearance is an inspiration to us all and a wonderful tribute to your father. I am sure he was smiling down on you w/great pride.

beach babe on

dear vera

i really am admiring u for taking such a negative event and turning in to something positive.

u know there are people like me out there supporting u and depending on you.

p.s. your father is going to always be proud of you no matter what

Lissa on

I think you are who you are not only because you are so hardworking and talented, but also because you are the personification of courage and perseverance.

Dianne on

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He will still be your anchor from above.

B.J. on

Dear Vera,

I truly understand what you are going through right now. My mother passed last month, and it has not even been a whole month yet. It feels like to long…I am in the fashion industry and it was my mother, like your father, who inspired me to do what I love and contribute in some way to the fashion industry. My prayers are with you, and I hope to see you and talk with you in person one day.

many blessings,
B.J.

Elizabeth on

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Laurs on

Sending brightest blessings to you and your family at this time, Ms. Wang. Your designs allowed me to feel like a princess at my wedding, and I will never forget my own fathers look when he saw me in one of your gorgeous creations.

I will always remember YOUR daddy when I see mine, and wish you many blessings and prayers at this sad time.

Condolences and best wishes,
Laurs

Christelle Morrison on

I am very sorry for your loss; may peace be with you and your family.

lis on

my condolences. may he r.i.p. God bless.

Henrietta Durane on

My sincerest condolences on the loss of your father. As a daughter I know what a special part our father’s play in our lives. No matter how much people try to comfort you your heart will still hurt. May it comfort you to know that people everywhere are praying for you and pulling for you. May your father live on in all your memories.–Henrietta

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