Michelle Obama Hosted Fashion Education at White House (Photos)

Fashion aficionado Michelle Obama was flossing a stunning dress designed by a student while she hosted the first-ever fashion education workshop for 150 high school students from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region.
”Is this not cool? I mean, come on, you’re in the White House,” the first lady exclaimed at the inaugural event.
A part of Obama’s pioneering “Reach Higher” initiative. The Reach Higher initiative invites high school students visit the White House to hear about success from those who have already achieved it, reports CBS.
Connoisseurs and impresarios of the fashion industry shared where their artistic inspirations emanated from. One of them Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who helped discuss construction of designs and how to start a design business. Wintour also praised the fashionable first lady’s influence on Washington.
“It used to be that I would come down here to D.C., I felt I represented an industry that was decidedly unserious,” Wintour said. “I was the woman from New York in the funny clothes who kept insisting that fashion mattered.”
The inaugural event climaxed during a panel of fashion bigwigs and regular first lady outfitters like J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons, Hugo Boss’s Jason Wu and the designer of Obama’s 2008 election night dress, Narciso Rodriguez.
“The message was really about education, about going after your dreams, seeking out the right educational path to be able to achieve your dreams,” said Tracy Reese, who has designed several dresses for the first lady.
To set the event apart, the first lady’s staff recruited a team from Parsons School of Design in New York to temporarily redecorate the White House East Room with sculptures made from recycled books.
Take a look at some of the photos from the event in the East Wing of the White House.

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