Inauguration night: America’s new first lady Michelle Obama glides down the Lincoln Memorial stairs hand in hand with our 44th President of the United States – wearing a dress you designed. One can only imagine how 26-year-old Jason Wu felt when seeing his one-shouldered ivory chiffon ball dress covered in organza flowers and Swarovski crystals on America’s most important woman of the night.
Jason Wu, along with the rest of the world, had no idea what the first lady was going to wear that night. Watching the inaugural ball from his apartment, he “felt like he was floating” when Michelle stepped out in his own design before he was swarmed with phone calls.
Starting his line with money from his doll-clothing business and help from his parents, Jason Wu has only five collections to date, but his inauguration dress helped to push him to the front line of up-and-coming New York fashion designers. His items have an elegant and well-crafted detail – silhouettes mounted with cartridge pleating and embroidered with Swarovski matte jet beads – mirroring the techiniques used by Grés and Dior.
If the first step in his career is designing the inauguration ball gown, just imagine what Jason Wu could bring to the world of fashion.