Star designer Jason Wu arrives in Taiwan

PRODIGAL SON::Wu cemented his place in the fashion world when both the US and Taiwanese first ladies opted to wear his designs, making him an instant star

Staff writer, with CNA

Fri, Nov 02, 2012 - Page 4

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.