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Taiwan-born designer overjoyed at U.S. first lady's loyalty

Taiwan-born designer overjoyed at U.S. first lady's loyalty

Washington/Taipei, Jan. 21 (CNA) Jason Wu, a Taiwan-born, New York-based fashion designer, said Monday that he was amazed to see U.S. first lady Michelle Obama once again pick one of his designs to wear to her husband's inaugural ball. "I can't believe it. It's crazy," said Wu, who dressed the first lady in a one-shouldered white gown for her first inaugural ball in 2009, according to an Associated Press report.
The ruby halter dress the first lady wore to the inaugural ball Monday was the only one Wu had submitted for her choice this time around.
"To have done it once was already the experience of my life. To have a second time is tremendous," the 30-year-old designer told AP at his Manhattan studio.
Wu created the outfit in partnership with jeweler Kimberly McDonald, who designed the jeweled neckline.
"For this occasion, it had to be real diamonds," Wu was quoted as saying.
Wu, who has been in the spotlight since tailoring the first lady for her husband's first inaugural ball four years ago, also said the latest creation features how he has matured as a designer and how the U.S.
first lady's style has grown to be more confident.
The white gown the first lady wore at the 2009 inauguration ball has been inducted to the Smithsonian National Museum of American Hisotry.
The museum has been collecting the inauguration gowns of the U.S.
first ladies since 1912. Wu left Taiwan and moved to Vancouver, Canada at the age of 9, where he learned to sew by designing and making doll's clothes. He went on to study sculpture in Tokyo and later enrolled in Parsons the New School for Design, a college in New York City.
At age 16, Wu began to make freelance doll's clothing designs and later traveled around the world to study fashion design. Four years ago, he launched his own fashion store in New York with earnings from his years of doll designs. His first full collection debuted in 2006 and he won the Fashion Group International's Rising Star award in 2008.
(By Tony Liao and Sofia Wu)


Updated : 2021-08-05 09:59 GMT+08:00