First Lady Michelle Obama hosts Fashion Education Workshop at the White House
First Lady Michelle Obama brought some of the biggest names in fashion -- from Anna Wintour to Prabal Gurung and Diane von Furstenberg -- yesterday to White House, along with students from 14 East Coast high schools and colleges. Her goal? To give the aspiring young designers, writers, stylists, and entrepreneurs an inside look into the world of the fashion industry, through a Fashion Education Workshop featuring lessons and a panel discussion with several of the industry's major players.
The list of designers in attendance reads like a Fashion Week schedule -- Lela Rose, Jason Wu, Tracy Reese, Narciso Rodriguez, and Zac Posen all made appearances, along with famed stylist Mary Alice Stephenson and of course, the queen bee herself, Anna Wintour. The First Lady, however, made clear her priority by donning a flattering, navy dress with a scuba neckline and racerback by FIT student designer Natalya Koval. A second winner, Chelsea Chen, had her design displayed on a mannequin onstage, next to a podium where Vogue editrix Wintour addressed the students.
The First Lady was forthcoming with the students about the un-glamorous side of the fashion industry, speaking to the hard work and sweat they have ahead of them -- it's not all red carpets and fashion shows, Mrs Obama claimed. The upside? Well, the fashion industry has a major impact on the economy -- Americans spend $350 billion a year on clothing and accessories, according to Mrs. Obama, and there are plenty of jobs to be had, with 1.4 million Americans employed in fashion and retail.
The day went on to feature workshops like journal-writing with Lela Rose and technical construction with Zac Posen. At the end of the day, students walked away having met (and hopefully, learned a little something) from some of fashion's biggest names. For a sneak peak at yesterday's event, watch the video, provided by the White House, below.
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