Sunday, February 7, 2010

Jason Wu

Who says boys shouldn't play with dolls? Not Jason Wu! That is namely how the now sought after fashion designer started his career, by designing for dolls. Now true, these are not just any kind of dolls, but high end fashion ones that are meant for collectors.

Born in Taiwan, the talented designer managed to jump-start his career at the tender age of 16, when began to make doll clothing designs for Integrity Toys, now widely known under the name "Fashion Royalty".
He decided to become a fashion designer during his senior year of high school in, where else, Paris, France. To this end he enrolled in the prestigious Parson, New School of design, in New York.

He presented his first collection in 2006 and was an instant hit. His designs were sold in such high end shops as Begdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and even Saks, Fifth Avenue. He wasn't shunned by magazines either, appearing in Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and the New York Times.

Yet his biggest success was still to come and was initiated by none other then the new First Lady of the United States herself, Michelle Obama.
Michelle Obama was introduced to Wu by Vogue magazine's editor at large, Andre Leon Talley and chose to buy four dresses from him.

The black and white dress worn by her on a Barbara Walters Special and created a whole media frenzy, much like the one-shoulder, floor-length, custom made white gown she wore at the new president's, her husband's, inaugural ball.

Michelle continued to sport Wu's designs throughout her official visits to Europe, among others during her visit with the Queen of England.

Wu's latest collection, as his previous ones is a "manifestation of the eclectic and diverse background of its designer". He combines "haute couture" with "modern lifestyle dressing" in a both innovative and romantic manner. (as explained on his personal website)

To learn more about this up and coming new designer visit his homepage:

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