“I call her my Chinese princess,” said Richard Perkins, friend of FOF Dora Wong who we spotted at NY Fashion Week. Tktktktktktkt tkktktkt something about her royal gold jacket.


Name: Dora Wong

How old are you? 80. I was born in the 30s. I’m like an antique.

Where are you from? Originally Shanghai, China but I live in New York right now.

What do you do? I owned a dress company, Pandora for 15 years.  We made couture dresses and evening gowns.

Do you have a favorite store? No, I just walk by and when I like what I see, I go inside. I buy things everywhere. I don’t care where as long as the pieces are good. You can buy something in an auction house and pay a million dollars. You can buy the same thing in a garage sale for $5.

Favorite designer? No, not really. Some designers have one piece that will be good and I’ll buy it. Then the others I don’t like. They’re human beings. You cannot be successful at everything you make.

What fashion advice do you have for other FOFs? You have to have an eye, the knowledge and opportunity. It’s not about the brand. If you see something you love, that’s the opportunity. Buy it, even if you have to borrow money.

On Dora:
– Carolina Herrera. “It sells in Saks Fifth Avenue for $7,000. I got it for $700.  I go to Carolina’s showroom with my friend who knows her manager and get the samples.”
David Webb
— “It’s a diamond from a Russian princess that I had someone help me redesign.”
— “I bought it in a thrift store for $5.”