Jason Wu’s raising star just shot to a bonafided place in fashion history, when First Lady Michelle Obama wore his ivory silk chiffon gown to the Inaugural Balls. There was wide speculation surrounding who Michelle’s gown designer would be, I think she made a wise and gracious choice in picking Jason Wu. Wu, an immigrant to the United States, embodies the America dream – that with hard work, creativity and determination anything is possible.
He was born in Taipei, Taiwan. His family moved to Vancouver, Canada when he was 9. Wu, however, attended boarding school in Connecticut. At age 14 Wu moved to Tokyo, Japan to study sculpture and then completed his senior year of highschool in Paris. It was here that he decided to become a fashion designer. Jason Wu is a graduate of the prestiguous star-making Parsons The New School of Design and later interned at Narciso Rodriguez. Wu cites the photography Richard Avedon and the designs of Charles James and Jacques Fath as his influences.
His style aesthetic is perhaps more Park Avenue ‘ladies-who-lunch’. But there is also something decidedly youthful and fresh about his designs. In his clothes Wu celebrates the feminine silhouette. And many of his designs would not be out of the place in the closet of fashion icons like Grace Kelly, as they are polished and luxurious. Certainly a good fit a First Lady. Style.com believe that he is likely to be take a place amongst fashion greats such as Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta. And I don’t doubt it.
At the young age of 26 Wu’s star will only continue to rise. His story is amazing and I look forward to watching his work in the future.