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Friday, October 10, 2014

First Fashion Workshop Features Furstenberg, Others

Mrs. Obama hosted a host of Who's Who in fashion at the first-of-its-kind White House fashion workshop this week, celebrating the creative and artistic accomplishments of designers like Jason Wu (remember this famous dress?), Tracy Reese (who designed this famous dress for First Lady Obama), Diane von Furstenberg (referring to herself as "an old designer"), Anna Winthur, and others.

First Lady Michelle Obama, wearing a dress designed by Natalya Koval, shows off her flawless physique.
Amid their accomplishments, the fashion icons were also on hand to share their stories of hard work and perseverance, the makings of the fashion industry, and to give a few pieces of good advice to up and coming fashionistas.

"Be serious", said Furstenberg.  "Be serious about what you want to do, and then you can have fun and be frivolous" she said.

The fashion workshop, part of the first lady's Reach Higher initiative, was one in a series designed by the administration to reach out to young people, to help them realize their potential, and believe that anything is possible.

"Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something", advised the first lady.

Past workshops have included music, film, and others.

At the conclusion of the event the first lady encouraged the student designers to make sure they get the contacts of the designers they're interested in.
The fashion industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that employs millions of people around the globe - from designers, models to merchandisers, stylists to seamstresses.

"If I were you, you all, students sitting in here, I would be either writing somebody in this room, I’d be getting a card", she advised. 

Designers and fashion's famous were among those attending the first WH fashion workshop. Among them Diane Von Furstenberg, Prabal Gurung, Jenna Lyons, Tracy Reese, Lilliana Vasquez, Jason Wu and Edward Wilkerson
"I would get my personal notes together right now, because my letter would be addressed to whoever. I was one of the students that was at the White House panel, I attended this workshop, we sat in the lunch, I mentioned something that they heard or a quote...this is an opportunity.  This is a door."


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