She’s not senior, older or even aging. “I’m an antique,” says FOF Dora Wong. We spotted the 80-year-old former dress designer at NYC Fashion Week where she shared with us her most sage shopping advice. Like an antique, Dora gets better (and wiser!) with age…
Name: Dora Wong
How old are you? 80. I was born in the 30s.
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? I don’t have one. 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? It’s not about the brand. You have to have an eye and the opportunity. If you see something you love, that’s the opportunity. Buy it, even if you have to borrow money.
Jacket-– 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 gets discounted samples.”
Earrings– David Webb
Ring— “It’s a diamond from a Russian princess that I had someone help me redesign.”
Bracelets– Tiffany & Co.
Bag— “I bought it in a thrift store for $5.”