Update: My mouse stumbled onto this old WSJ blog post about how Michelle Obama gave Wu's career a big boost by wearing one of his dresses on The Barbara Walters Special. Pretty fun to read after she picked him for the inauguration ball! Good lord, his line will be EVERYWHERE after tonight!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Jason Wu. The designer who bested out the top guns perservering to dress Michelle Obama for the inauguration ball is a 26-year-old Taiwan-born, Manhattan-based up-and-comer. Tonight, it's Jason Who? But tomorrow he'll be a household name.
In all honesty, I was not floored by any of Michelle Obama's looks today. But I do admire her guts at picking non-mainstream names. I also wonder if she made a conscious choice to pick designers with multicultural backgrounds? Toledo is Cuban-American while Wu is of Taiwanese descent. If the first lady's choice of outfits is meant to make a statement, then I think her choices echo some of what President Obama said today:
"We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth."
Alright. Now before I get too sappy here, let's feast on some pretty things that fashion's man of the hour Mr. Wu created for Spring/Summer '09 from Style.com. We're ready for change after all!