JASON WU is used to dressing powerful women from his creative director roles at both his eponymous label and Hugo Boss, but it will come as no surprise that one woman in particular stands out for the designer – Michelle Obama.
The designer famously dressed the first lady for the inauguration ball when Barack Obama was made president in 2009, and has often praised her approach to the experience. Now, he has revealed that he believes she has had more of a positive political affect through her choice of clothes that one might have imagined.
“It used to be that women in ‘men’s worlds’, especially in a political environment, were afraid to express their femininity in case they risked not being taken seriously, or not looking professional,” Wu told The Telegraph this weekend. “What Michelle’s brought to the political field is that you can wear something that’s feminine, a little bit sexy, but not compromise your power or your intelligence.”
And it seems the designer doesn’t just have a soft spot for the real first lady but the most famous fictional one of current times too – Claire Underwood, portrayed by Robin Wright, in House of Cards (a frequent wearer of Hugo Boss and Jason Wu while in character, according to the designer).
“I think I have a knack for the political figure,” he said.