Michelle Obama’s Fashion Education Workshop


Since her first public appearance as First Lady years ago, Michelle Obama has always made a fashion statement. Whether she chose an evening gown by a young designer or an outfit from J. Crew, everyone always wanted to know what she was wearing. It’s this dedication to the fashion industry that prompted her to host a White House event that connects fashion students from Washington, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania with leading fashion professionals.

The Fashion Education Workshop is meant “to bring members of the fashion industry to the White House and enlighten, educate and mentor the next generation of fashion leaders,” according to an e-mail written by White House social secretary Jeremy Bernard. Though a handful of invited guests have politely declined, Maria Cornejo, Prabal Gurung, Reed Krakoff and Bibhu Mohapatra will be some of the designers in attendance. The five-hour event will include individual workshops, a luncheon featuring remarks by the First Lady and a panel discussion. Afterwards, Obama will host a Celebration of Design reception along with other designers and fashion executives likely including Naeem Khan, Jason Wu, Thom Browne, Diane von Furstenberg and Thakoon Panichgul and executives from Jimmy Choo and Talbots.