Jason Wu is a leading global design talent based in New York, NY. Through merging classic American sportswear elements with a sophisticated global attitude he has created timeless classics with glamorous sensibility and a distinctively feminine aesthetic.
Since debuting his Ready-to-Wear collection in 2007, Jason has been dedicated to making clothes that are beautifully crafted from the inside out. With a focus on couture quality craftsmanship, over 90% of the Jason Wu Collection is manufactured in New York City’s Garment District.
“I CREATE CLOTHES FOR WOMEN WHO ARE NOT ONLY FIERCELY FASHIONABLE BUT ALSO OWN THEIR POWER AND FEMININITY.”
Although only 35, the precocious designer has already achieved many of his aspirations. His collection is sold globally and he dresses some of the most influential women in the world including First Lady Michelle Obama, Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, Diane Kruger, Kerry Washington and Christy Turlington, among many others.
"Jason has been such an extraordinary partner. I’ve worn Jason on so many historic occasions: inaugural balls, Barack’s final speech as President, and my last moments as First Lady in January. Under the intense scrutiny of the brightest spotlight imaginable, I felt confident, beautiful and comfortable in my own skin when wearing Jason’s clothes. Jason has an impeccable attention to fit and detail and a unique understanding of how women want to dress and feel in their clothing. I’m so proud of him and so grateful to have had the chance to work with him." - Michelle Obama
Jason has received many accolades, including being named one of the finalists in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in July 2008. In June 2010 he won the Swarovski Award for Womenswear at the CFDA Fashion Awards and in April 2011 he was nominated for the CFDA/Swarovski Award for Accessory Design. Jason was appointed Artistic Director of Hugo Boss womenswear Ready to Wear and Accessory collection in June 2013. More recently, Jason was honored with the Fashion Star Award at The Fashion Group International Night of Stars 2015, and won the 2016 International Designer of Year at the Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards.
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 be in tune with 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.
GREY Jason Wu
In June 2016, Jason Wu is expanding with the arrival of GREY Jason Wu, a sister brand that is inherently connected to the mainline. GREY Jason Wu shares the femininity from the Jason Wu collection but with a more relaxed attitude. Named after his favorite color, Jason wanted to create a collection with chic silhouettes and playful graphics representative of his personality.
His many intricate embellishments take up to 5 months to create. The signature feather details are created at Lemarie in Paris and can take several months to custom dye and burnout, which adds lightness to the garments. For embroidered pieces, custom sequins are often created and hand-applied onto garments, sometimes taking up to 1000 hours. By using old world couture techniques with a modern eye, he is able to create singular designs that are distinctly Jason Wu.