Now we all know the First Lady is always looking fabulous but what has she done now? Michelle Obama ventures to where no First Lady has gone before and hosted a Fashion Education Workshop for 150 students who are to be the next generation of designers. But Michelle Obama wasn’t the only big name to attend; she invited fashion industry superstars like Anna Wintour (aka Queen), Jason Wu, Diane von Furstenberg, Prabal Gurung, and J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons. There were five workshops for students, led by other big names like Zac Posen, Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman, and Philip Lim, themed around journalism, inspiration, wearable technology, construction, and entrepreneurship, according to WWD.
The First Lady wears a dress designed by a student from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Natalya Koval, who was a winner of a design competition. The second place winner, Chelsea Chen, another FIT student, had her dress displayed on stage, shown left.
Two Powerful Ladies: Anna Wintour and Michelle Obama
After being introduced by Anna Wintour, Mrs. Obama said: “So fashion is a lot more than just a pretty pair of heels or a nice hemline. It’s a passion and a career and a livelihood for so many people across the country.”
“Fashion is really about passion and creativity, just like music or dance or poetry,” Obama continued.“For so many people across the country, it is a calling; it is a career. It’s the way they feed their families.”
The First Lady talking to students at one of the workshops
A panel of designers, including Dianne Von Furstenberg, Prabal Gurang, and Jason Wu, hosted a discussion which was streamed live at http://www.whitehouse.gov
Zac Posen mentoring at the construction workshop with a special visit from the First Lady.
Michelle Obama showed us that the fashion industry is so much more than red carpets and “Who Wore it Best”; it’s an expression of creativity that has evolved into a multimillion dollar business. I don’t know about you but I’m sure proud that our First Lady is so passionate about the fashion business and is taking extraordinary measures to make sure it continues to thrive.