In 1989, Vera's bridal empire was born from a bad shopping experience. While searching for her own wedding gown, Vera says she became frustrated by the poofy, Princess Diana–inspired dresses in stores. She took matters into her own hands and created a simplified, modern silhouette for her walk down the aisle. The rest is fashion history.
Today, Vera is still the top designer for wedding couture, with Toni Braxton, Ivanka Trump, Ali Wentworth and, most recently, former first daughter Chelsea Clinton as some of her celebrity clients.
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"Chelsea certainly was an extraordinary bride to dress," Vera says. "I've known her since she was a very young girl. So to see her blossom and become this wonderful young woman was an incredible experience for me."