And the winner is...(drum roll)... Jason Wu. His gorgeous crystal-encrusted, white, one-shouldered gown was chosen for the First Lady, Michelle Obama, for the Inauguration Ball yesterday. This business savvy 26 year-old entrepeneur from Taipei, Taiwan studied in Canada and France then settled in NYC at the Parsons School of Design. Would you believe that he started his career designing dolls for a toy company? Talk about moving on up! "I had no idea," the designer tells WWD, confessing that he only found out about the coup when Michelle appeared on television as he was watching the proceedings with friends. "I found out with everyone else - which was pretty fabulous, when you think about it." Fashion, he maintains, is a "sort of escapism, and women need beautiful dresses to lose themselves in". This is one overnight designer I will be keeping my plush lens on for.
A shot of THE dress...
I can see why this design was picked. Wu's clothing is elegant, but simple; it has a natural feel and is the perfect choice for a First Lady :)
Jason Wu Spring/Summer RTW 2009
Like it or not, look out for Jason Wu, he is just getting started.