All About Jason Wu: American Designer Catapulted to Fame

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All About Jason Wu: American Designer Catapulted to Fame

Amber Valletta in Jason Wu at the “Premonition” L.A. Premiere, March 2007.

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One of the biggest nights in Jason Wu’s career to date, Michelle Obama dons a gown by the designer at President Obama’s first inauguration, catapulting him into the limelight and instant fame.

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Jason Wu at the 2009 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.

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Reese Witherspoon in Jason Wu at a benefit for  EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund in January, 2010.

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Wu discusses First Lady Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown on ABC’s The View.

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Reese Witherspoon wears a stunning Jason Wu dress to the AVON Foundation for Women’s 10th Anniversary.

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Rachel Weisz chose a Jason Wu dress for the premiere of “The Deep Blue Sea” in March of 2012.

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At the Rome photocall for “The Amazing Spider-Man,” Emma Stone wore a beautiful Wu dress.

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Actress AnnaSophia Robb attends Jason Wu’s Spring 2013 Fashion Show.

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Wu backstage! The designer puts the finishing touches on his Resort 2011 collection.

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Actress Kristen Stewart wore Jason Wu to the Private Screening of “On The Road.”

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First Lady Michelle Obama wears Jason Wu again as she dances with the President at this year’s inaugural ball.

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Diane Kruger stuns in a hot pink and black Jason Wu gown at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010.

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Michelle Obama smiles with Wu as she donates her inaugural gown to the Smithsonian Museum.

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The First Lady and Jason Wu hug on the day she donated her gown to the Smithsonian.

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Wu pictured with Rachel Weisz at the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards.

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Reese Witherspoon wears a stunning Jason Wu dress to the AVON Foundation for Women

Michelle Monaghan in Jason Wu in September, 2011.

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Wu gets a kiss from model Karlie Kloss when he is announced to be the next St. Regis Connoisseur in September 2011.

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Designer Jason Wu is interviewed at the Teen Vogue Fashion University kick-off event in October 2011.

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Actress Zoe Saldana wears Wu to the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic.

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Actress Emma Watson in Wu at the UK Premiere of My Week with Marilyn.

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Actress Emma Stone wears Jason Wu to the 2012 Critics Choice Awards.

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Jason Wu and actress Blake Lively at the launch of Jason Wu for Target.

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Diane Kruger rocks a navy blue and black lace Wu gown, pictured May 2012.

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Rachel Weisz chose a Jason Wu dress for the premiere of

At the Rome photocall for

Wu pictured with Jennifer Morrison at the Fifth Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, in June 2012.

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Emily Blunt wears a Wu dress to the 2012 Tribeca Film Fesitval.

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Model Jessica Stam attends the 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards in a gorgeous blue gown by Jason Wu.

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Actress AnnaSophia Robb attends Jason Wu

Jessica Pare at the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards in a white Wu gown.

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Jessica Chastain wears a Jason Wu dress to an event in New York City.

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Jason Wu at the 9th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards in November 2012.

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Wu pictured with Dakota Fanning, Nov. 13, 2012.

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Diane Kruger wears a navy blue Jason Wu jumpsuit.

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Jason Wu with Allison Williams and Karlie Kloss at the launch of the Target Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection.

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Kate Mara wears Wu to the premiere of

Actress Kristen Stewart wore Jason Wu to the Private Screening of

Actress Jaime King wears Wu to the Critics Choice Movie Awards, January 10, 2013.

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First Lady Michelle Obama wears Jason Wu again as she dances with the President at this year

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"I have always found a woman's body to be especially beautiful ... I was drawn to fashion design as it is my passion to create garments that enhance and flatter the female form." – Jason Wu

Jason Wu is a name that many may not have known before one very important evening in January of 2009. When Michelle Obama wore a white Jason Wu gown to her husband's first Inaugural Ball, Wu became a household name.

Jason Wu moved to Vancouver with his family when he was 9, where he learned to sketch, draft patterns, and sew. He spent part of his youth in Tokyo and Paris, and this fashion capital sealed the deal: he would pursue a career in fashion design.

When Wu was accepted to Parsons School of Design, he moved to New York City and launched his first Ready-to-Wear collection in 2006.

With his first line, he established a feminine yet modern sensibility, and has been dedicated since day one to creating pieces that not only look beautiful, but are well made. Over 85% of his clothes are manufactured in the Garment District of New York City, placing a great emphasis on quality of craftsmanship.

Jason Wu is a mere 28 years old and is already widely known for his womenswear, debuted a line in 2012 for Target, and most recently launched "Miss Wu" at Nordstrom. He has reached celebrity starlets and everyday women alike, and having been endorsed by Michelle Obama (by wearing not just one but TWO of his gowns for Inaugural festivities) there is nowhere to go for this designer but up, up, up.

Click through the gallery above to see some snapshots from Jason Wu's career thus far, and some of our favorite pieces of his that celebs you know and love have chosen to wear!

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