One of the hottest names in fashion right now is JASON WU, the 27-year old fashion phenom that took America and the world by storm when a certain first lady wore the white, one-shoulder, silk-chiffon-and-Swarovski-crystal gown that Jason and his team had hand-sewn especially for a historic occasion.
The story goes that Jason had no idea that Mrs. O would wear his gown that cold January night, but, like the rest of the nation, sat mesmerized when the Obama’s took the stage.
And just like that, Jason’s life changed forever.
Now, the gown that Jason designed is on permanent display in the First Ladies at the Smithsonian exhibition at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC alongside gowns worn by Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy and Mamie Eisenhower. Not bad for a designer who taught himself how to sew and draft patterns, at the age of 9, by using dolls as mannequins.
After years of study in Tokyo, Paris and Parsons in New York City, Jason launched his studio in 2006 and soon after was a finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.
This past June, Jason won the coveted Swarovski Award for Womenswear at the CFDA Fashion Awards. And it appears that Jason is not content to rest on his past laurels because he will debut a cosmetics line with Shiseido and! Jason just announced that he’s designing a capsule bridal collection for Net-a-Porter which also debuts this January. Whew, Wu!
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