Taiwan-born fashion designer Jason Wu (吳季剛) yesterday said he was delighted that Taiwan’s first lady wore one of his dresses during the Double Ten National Day celebrations last month.
“As a Taiwanese, I’m happy that the first lady wore a dress I designed twice,” New York-based Wu said as he arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
The Taiwanese designer said that he had not been in Taiwan for a long time and missed his family very much.
At the Double Ten National Day celebrations on Oct. 10, first lady Chow Mei-ching (周美青) wore a short-sleeved, black-and-white floral print dress from Wu’s new collection, named “Miss Wu.”
She wore one of Wu’s creations for the first time at the National Day ceremony in 2010. The long-sleeved brown satin dress that Chow wore then was a gift from the designer.
Chow’s decision to wear the brown dress on the same occasion a year later drew mixed views from the public.
Some people criticized her choice as being inappropriate in terms of international etiquette, while others praised Chow for her frugality.
Wu’s lower-priced “Miss Wu” spring collection is expected to be released in January next year.
US first lady Michelle Obama also wore a dress from the collection in the middle of last month during a visit to Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Wu shot to global fame in early 2009 after Obama wore one of his designs to her husband’s inauguration ball.
The 30-year-old is scheduled to give a speech today to share the concepts and inspirations behind his designs at Shih Chien University in Taipei.
During his five-day trip, Wu is also to attend the opening of his family’s new restaurant.