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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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Esther on

Rhonda, yes it’s true it is the norm but you expect it of people who marry for 10 years or less. I would think something must of happened or they really must of been postponing since they took longer, almost 23 years before they divved.

sweet pea on

Wow. To all of it. I would have bet money that Ms. Wang was a lesbian. That’s what I get for judging a book by its cover. Shame on me, and I mean that.

Cleo on

Were these two ever really married to each other?

kevin on

Maybe she got tired of his Wang.

GG on

I like Vera wang I wish them the best and hope they remain friends. They both have history and 2 daughters. I kept my friendship with my husband when we split.

In life there are good times and bad times. Hope good times over run the bad times. All the best to both.

La Vie en Rose on

I’m so tired of reading about baby bumps and pregnancies that I find it almost refreshing to read about a divorce. Best of luck to both of them and their children

Chatter on

They don’t really look like wedding gowns – just black evening gowns. Just a thought – does one wear a black veil with these dresses?

Lorie on

She designed Kim Kardashian’s three wedding gowns? That’s funny!

Tico on

Sometimes divorce is all that is left.

Susan Albert on

While dresses 2&3 are very pretty, I do not think they are wedding dresses.

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