Fashion’s Golden Boy–Jason Wu

By Tracy Wang

The Jason Wu Collection is a manifestation of the eclectic and diverse background of its designer Jason Wu. Born in Taipei, but having also lived in Vancouver and Paris, the collection is youthful, sophisticated and always with a focus on making each garment crafted as beautifully inside as out. He has received much praise from press and consumers for his beautiful collections and dressing VIP’s including Michelle Obama, Diane Kruger and Natalie Portman, among others. Jason continues to receive accolades including being named one of the finalists in the 2008 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, winning the 2010 CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear and in April 2011 he was nominated for the CFDA/Swarovski Award for Accessory Design.

Through merging American sportswear with old world sophistication he established a supremely feminine and modern sensibility. Jason has always been driven by a curiosity to learn about construction, workmanship and perfecting every detail of his designs. By using old world couture techniques with a modern eye, he is able to create singular designs that are distinctly Jason Wu. Over 90% of his fabrics are produced in Italy and France, most of which are designed for and exclusive to Jason. Jason combines modern lifestyle dressing with the spirit and detailing of haute couture in a way that is both innovative and romantically reflective.

The Jason Wu Collection was established with a commitment to making beautifully crafted clothes with a modern sophistication. Jason
has always been driven by a curiosity to learn about construction, workmanship and perfecting every detail of his designs. “My philosophy has always been to build a garment from the inside out,” explains Jason. As a child he began using dolls as mannequins to learn how to sew after his mother bought him his first sewing machine. The small nature of the mannequins taught him to fine tune every minute detail of his designs. Today, he continues on the same path, striving for perfection in his collection where he must start working 5-6 months in advance of their presentation. Over 90% of his fabrics are produced in Italy and France, most of which are designed for and exclusive to Jason. Each season he creates unique prints based on the inspiration of the season and frequently explores new and innovative ways of printing them onto fabric. As the entire accessory collection is produced in Italy, he begins the process by creating custom hardware, heels and working closely with the tanneries to develop unique designs.

Lastly, the garments are created by skillfully blending beautiful fabrics and luxurious details based on the many ideas he sketches every day. After making numerous toiles to ensure proper fit and accurate drape, the collection comes together with the help of Jason’s atelier, who artfully constructs each garment by hand with a meticulous eye for detail.