Jason Wu Fall 2013

San Francisco Opera Guild and Neiman Marcus Union Square Present The Art of Fashion: Jason Wu March 21, 2013 at the San Francisco City Hall benefitting the San Francisco Opera Guild Education Programs

Fall 2013 Collection Runway Show

Photos courtesy of Drew Altizer

Jason Wu debuted his first Ready-to-Wear Collection in 2006 with a unique and distinctive esthetic.  Through merging American sportswear with old world sophistication he established a supremely feminine and modern sensibility.  With the focus on couture quality craftsmanship, over 85% of the Jason Wu Collection is manufactured in New York City’s Garment District.  He is influenced by many sources including the classic photography of Richard Avedon, the works of Charles James and Jacques Fath.  He also finds inspiration on his travels to Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as an eclectic array of artists including Beatriz Milhazes, Rene Gruau and Barnett Newman.

Wu’s family moved to Vancouver when he was nine, where he began learning how to sew, draft patterns, and sketch in fashion proportions by using dolls as mannequins. At the age of 14, he studied sculpture in Tokyo and then spent his senior year of high school in Paris, where he decided to become a fashion designer. Wu then moved to New York City and enrolled in the prestigious Parsons School of Design.

Although only 30, the precocious designer has already achieved many of his aspirations. He has emerged as one of the leading global talents based in NYC but continues to evolve and grow as a designer. Wu continues to receive 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.  In 2012 he launched the Jason Wu for Target limited-edition collection of women’s ready-to-wear and accessories, and in January 2013 launched his contemporary label Miss Wu.

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