Michelle Obama To Host Fashion Education Workshop At The White House

Michelle Obama Fashion
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Michelle Obama’s eclectic, modern, and often risk-taking style has been the talk of the town ever since she rocked that polarized black and red Thakoon number on election night in 2008. The First lady has given the careers of many young designers a serious boost, most notably Jason Wu, who designed the dresses she wore at the 2009 and 2013 inaugural balls. As a friend of Vodue Editor Anna Wintour Michelle Obama has been spotted at quite a few fashion events here in New York. Her latest foray into fashion will include the first ever Fashion Education Workshop, to be held at the White House.

Fashion Times reports,

The five-hour event, which will be held on Oct. 8, will include individual workshops, as well as a luncheon with a panel discussion and remarks by the First Lady. According to an email written by White House social secretary Jeremy Bernard that was obtained by WWD, high school and college students from Washington, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania will be in attendance.

“The purpose of this event is to bring members of the fashion industry to the White House and enlighten, educate and mentor the next generation of fashion leaders. As a prominent member of the fashion industry, we would love to have you participate on October 8th and share your talent, expertise and advice with students who have demonstrated a strong interest in a fashion career,” the email said.

“On October 8, the White House will hold a fashion education workshop that will connect students with leading fashion professionals – from designers to magazine editors to fashion technologists – to show young people what it takes to succeed and how important it is for the next generation to commit to their education,” a White House official told WWD.

Many big name designers will also be participating in the workshop, including Maria Cornejo, Prabal Gurung, Reed Krakoff and Bibhu Mohapatra.