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Jason Wu partners with The Woolmark Company

Jason Wu partners with The Woolmark Company

Jason Wu is the new Woolmark Company ambassador.

The designer, known for his clean tailored looks at Hugo Boss and his feminine offerings at his namesake label, is teaming up with the company for spring/summer 17. Part of his role includes judging the Australian and American portions of this year’s Woolmark Prize. He’ll also be using Australian merino wool in his new designs.

“Merino wool has always played an integral role in my designs. Yet partnering with The Woolmark Company really allowed me to further explore and develop wool for summer,” Jason said in a statement. “What my spring/summer 2017 collection does is push the boundaries with conventional seasons, creating year-round luxurious pieces, which I could achieve by working with wool.”

Jason is known for his red carpet designs, and the Taiwanese-Canadian designer is the go-to name for celebrities including Diane Kruger, January Jones and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.

Talking about his close working relationship with German actress Diane, Jason, 33, praises her unique fashion aesthetic.

“She has such an intriguing sense of style and a great understanding of fashion,” he recently smiled to Who What Wear. “We often work together on red carpet looks; she most recently wore a custom scarlet red abstract houndstooth lace gown to the New York premiere of The Infiltrator.”

The pair first met when Diane, 39, asked Jason to provide her with a dress for Cannes Film Festival in 2009 and they hit it off immediately.

On the subject of designing for America’s First Lady, including the red dress she wore for her husband President Barack Obama’s 2008 inauguration, Jason says it’s always an exciting moment to team up with Michelle.

“I was fortunate enough to dress her for President Obama’s second inauguration ball as well (in 2013),” he smiled. “The first time she didn’t make any suggestions on the design, but the second time she was very involved in the design process.”

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