Vera Wang and Husband Separate; Did Her Black Wedding Gowns Foreshadow a Split?

07/11/2012 at 03:00 PM ET

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Vera Wang’s Fall 2012 bridal collection was heralded by critics for its beauty, elegance and unique color palette; many of the designer’s dresses were blush, nude and black. But looking back on those romantic gowns, one has to wonder: was there a hidden message inside?

Wang and husband Arthur Becker announced that they were separating on Wednesday, after 23 years of marriage (the couple wed in 1989 at New York’s Pierre Hotel, WWD reports). “They remain devoted parents to their two daughters,” Cecilia and Josephine, Wang’s company president, Mario Grauso, said in a statement to WWD.

Though Becker reportedly had his own business ventures, he was also involved in Wang’s company, which has expanded into makeup, fragrances, mass market, juniors, home goods and a lower-cost bridal line in recent years. However, a friend of the designer tells WWD that the couple “will not let this impact the running of the company. They have worked too hard to build it up.”

Wang, who started at Ralph Lauren in 1987 and opened her first private salon at New York’s Carlyle Hotel in 1990, famously designed Kim Kardashian‘s three opulent wedding gowns in 2011 (plus sister Khloé Kardashian Odom‘s dress in 2009), and created Hillary Scott’s custom gown for her January 2012 nuptials.

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sally on

So sad!

tallulah bamkhead on

They look perfect for Cruella DeVille, Morticia Adams and Lily Munster!

Marky on

I don’t know why they separated, so I’m not judging, but after that much time, it’s a sad thing that they don’t work their problems out, and remember why they married in the first place. Sometimes there are rough patches and it just seems so easy to part ways. Tough for them and tough for the children……..

gigi on

She is so gaunt looking. She seems like not a very nice lady.

Esther on

WOW! I am actually surprised. I always thought they were happy together. I guess 20+ years isn’t a sign of anything, though. Look at Gibson.

Ruby on

I love black and grey, but I don’t think they belong as wedding dresses. The bride isn’t going to her funeral is she? Come on Vera…you could do much better than this.

Danielle on

Divorce is like a virus….. it’s always more than one person who will catch it…..usually in three’s .She is a wealthy woman that doesn’t need a husband…..!

ELC on

Sorry to hear the news, but come on Vera. A Black Wedding Dress-would you wear one? I would think a happier color is in order, unless of course you are marrying a Vampire.

HB on

Maybe thats why Katie is getting a divorce ????
Holmes and Wang.??????????????????? Hm I wonder???????????

I'm not old on

White wedding dresses are a fairly new idea. In former years the bride wore the dress she would be wearing when she went to her husbands home or headed out west. Black is always associated with death, but was really Sad colors (browns, dark greens, orange) that were worn at funerals.

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