Jason Wu

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Jason Wu
Jason Wu Shankbone 2009 Metropolitan Opera.jpg
Wu at opening night of the 2009 Metropolitan Opera
Born (1982-09-27) September 27, 1982 (age 33)
Taipei, Taiwan
Residence New York City, USA
Nationality Taiwan Taiwan
Canada Canada (Multiple citizenship)
Education Parsons The New School for Design, New York City
Occupation Fashion designer
Jason Wu
Traditional Chinese 吳季剛
Simplified Chinese 吴季刚

Jason Wu (Chinese: 吳季剛; pinyin: Wú Jìgāng; born September 27, 1982; age 33) is a Taiwanese Canadian fashion designer based in New York City. He is most famous for designing the dresses of Michelle Obama on several occasions, including during the first and second inauguration of American President Barack Obama.

Early life[edit]

Jason Wu was born in Taipei, Taiwan. Wu moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at age nine and attended Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Massachusetts and Loomis Chaffee, in Windsor, Connecticut and studied abroad with SYA France of School Year Abroad for his year of high school.[1][2][3] He learned how to sew by designing and sewing for dolls, and went on to study sculpture in Tokyo. Wu continued this career path at age sixteen by learning to create freelance doll clothing designs for toy company Integrity Toys under the lines "Jason Wu dolls" and later "Fashion Royalty".[2] The following year, he was named creative director of Integrity Toys.[4] He decided to become a fashion designer while spending his senior year of high school in Rennes, France[5] before graduating from the Loomis Chaffee School in 2001, and studied at the Parsons The New School for Design, a division of The New School in New York where he did not earn a degree.


Wu launched his ready-to-wear line of clothes with earnings from his years of doll designs.[2] His first full collection debuted in 2006 and won the Fashion Group International's Rising Star award in 2008.[6] Jason Wu's dresses were photographed underwater by Howard Schatz for Delta Faucet Company's Brizo branded faucet campaign in 2006.[7] In 2008 he was nominated for the CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund award.[2] Bruce Weber shot the designer for W magazine's "Summer Camp" portfolio in July 2008.[4]

Wu's early clients included Ivana Trump, January Jones, and Amber Valletta.[8] He also worked extensively with drag queen RuPaul, ultimately designing six RuPaul dolls.[9]

Wu collaborated with Creative Nail Design for his Spring 2011 collection to create a set of four nail polish colours that was to be retailed from May 2011.[10]

In June 2013, Wu was named as the Art Director of German fashion house Hugo Boss overseeing the entire womenswear range.[11]

Designing for Michelle Obama[edit]

Michelle Obama is a noted Jason Wu customer.[12] She was introduced to Wu by André Leon Talley, Vogue Magazine's editor-at-large, who had been advising the current First Family on their appearance. She bought four dresses from Wu early in the year, wearing one of them for a segment on Barbara Walters Special shortly before the November 2008 election, prompting many in the media to consider her his "career-launcher".[13] She wore another dress, a custom-designed one-shoulder, floor-length white chiffon gown, at the inaugural balls on the night of President Barack Obama's first term inauguration.[14]

Appearing on the cover of Vogue, Obama once again wore a Wu design, a magenta silk dress.[15] Upon her arrival in London in April 2009 during the First Lady and President Barack Obama's first official European trip, Obama wore a chartreuse silk sheath dress that was designed by Wu; the next day she wore a Wu coat during her visit with the Queen Elizabeth II.[16] On April 2, 2009, Obama paired a "traditional looking" teal Wu dress with a blue-patterned cardigan designed by Junya Watanabe on her visit to the Royal Opera House.[17]

Mrs. Obama again wore a dress that was designed by Wu, a ruby red velvet and chiffon design, at the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Balls.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://alumni.sya.org/s/833/index.aspx?sid=833&gid=1&pgid=462&sparam=jason+wu&scontid=0
  2. ^ a b c d Melissa Magsaysay (2008-11-19). "Jason Wu wows Hollywood ... and Washington". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  3. ^ Eric Wilson (2009-01-23). "Spotlight on Designer of Gown for Ball". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  4. ^ a b "All About Jason Wu". W magazine. 2009-01-School Year Abroad 21. Retrieved 2009-01-21.  Check date values in: |date= (help) Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "W" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  5. ^ "From Rennes to the Runway". School Year Abroad. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  6. ^ "Jason Wu". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  7. ^ Margo Berman, Robyn Blakeman (2009). The Brains Behind Great Ad Campaigns. ISBN 9780742555518. Retrieved 2011-07-11. 
  8. ^ Melissa Segrest (2009-01-20). "Michelle Obama dazzles in Jason Wu-designed ball gown". WFAA television. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  9. ^ Rupaul.com
  10. ^ http://www.sassybella.com/2010/09/jason-wu-creates-a-limited-edition-nail-polish-collection-with-cnd/
  11. ^ Jones, Dolly. "Jason Wu For Hugo Boss". Article. Vogue. 
  12. ^ http://mrs-o.com/newdata/tag/jason-wu
  13. ^ Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan (2008-12-01). "The Michelle Obama "Career-Launcher" for Emerging Designer Jason Wu". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  14. ^ Lisa Respers France and Mallory Simon (2009-01-20). "Obamas dance, celebrate at inaugural balls". CNN. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  15. ^ "Michelle Obama makes Vogue cover". BBC News. 2009-02-11. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  16. ^ "What A Difference A Day Makes: An Interview With The Suddenly Superfamous Designer Jason Wu". The Huffington Post. April 1, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-03. 
  17. ^ "Michelle Obama's edgiest fashion statement yet". The Los Angeles Times. April 2, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-02. 
  18. ^ Laura T. Coffey and Meena Hart Duerson. "Once again, Michelle Obama dazzles in inaugural gown by Jason Wu". © 2013 NBCNews.com. All rights reserved. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 

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