2 INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT: JASON WU
Born in Taiwan, this Chinese American designer set up his brand in 2007 and was awarded the Swarovski Award for Womenswear at the CFDA Fashion Awards 2010. Known for his American sportswear influences, Wu also places an emphasis on intricate craftsmanship and fine fabrics that bring out a feminine silhouette. And his designs have won the hearts of many, including Michelle Obama, the former First Lady of the United States. At the 2009 inauguration ball, she wore a gown designed by him, thrusting him further into the international limelight.