Michelle Obama's Inaugural Ball gown; and its designer Jason Wu — with another of his muses, Amanda Lepore.
So one big reveal last night was Michelle Obama's gown! With a strap over one shoulder, a ruched bodice, fluffy appliques, and beads! It was foofy, not as sleek as some may have liked but… Props to openly gay designer Jason Wu for scoring the chance to design this landmark gown that will live in the Smithsonian.
Jason Wu is young, 26, and based here in NYC. And in addition to working for Narciso Rodriguez and launching his own line, Wu was a student of Tim Gunn's at Parsons, and he's gained renowned as a doll designer, creating dolls for — get ready — RuPaul and Amanda Lepore!
Big fat props to Jason (born in Taipei, raised in Vancouver)! And his own line is pretty stellar… Expect to hear lots more from him!
More pics of Mrs. Obama's hot look, and some fun pics of Jason Wu (with celebs) after the jump!
Another look at Mrs. Obama's gown for the big night.
And a closer look…
Jason Wu in the studio.
Jason gives Vogue editrix Anna Wintour a tour of his collection.
Jason with his fans Lucy Liu, and Mad Men's January Jones.
With the plastic, fantastic Amanda Lepore doll.
Two of Wu's dolls for RuPaul: (left) the Ru Supermodel doll, and the RuPaul "Work Out" doll. Work.
Way to go, Jason!!!