1969 - Uses her artwork as the basis for fashion and textile designs and wins the Neiman Marcus Fashion Award.
1976 - Starts a ready-to-wear company, GV Ltd., which goes on to sell millions of pairs of designer jeans.
July 22, 1988 - Watches as her son, Carter, commits suicide by falling from the 14th floor terrace of her Manhattan apartment.
September 29, 1993 - Wins a $1.5 million judgment against her lawyer's estate. Her lawyer Thomas Andrews and her psychiatrist, Dr. Christ Zois, had bilked her out of several million dollars.
June 1995 - Sells her seven bedroom mansion in Southampton and her five-story Manhattan townhouse to pay back taxes and other debts. Moves to her son Anderson's two-bedroom apartment and begins work on a new book.
1996 - Publishes a book, "A Mother's Story," about coping with life after son Carter's suicide in 1988.
March 2002 - Jones Apparel Group acquires Gloria Vanderbilt Apparel Corp for $138 million.
October 2004 - Publishes the history of her love life, "It Seemed Important at the Time: A Romance Memoir."
Summer 2007 - A one-woman show of 25 of Vanderbilt's recent oil paintings is held in Manchester, Vermont.
Summer 2009 - At 85, Vanderbilt's new book "Obsession: An Erotic Tale," is published.
September 12, 2012 - Vanderbilt's new exhibit, "The World of Gloria Vanderbilt: Collages, Dream Boxes and Recent Paintings," opens at the New York Design Center.