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‘Dressing Michelle Obama was a once in a lifetime experience’: Designer Jason Wu on the politics of fashion

As the man behind Michelle Obama’s finest fashion moments, Jason Wu is on a mission to prove professional clothes can be pretty. Jane Mulkerrins meets him New York

On the second floor of an ornate five-storey townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Jason Wu is perching on a sleek grey sofa.

‘I had fun decorating this house,’ grins the Taiwanese-born, Canadian-raised, New York-dwelling fashion designer. There are vast gilt mirrors and claw-foot baths, juxtaposed with minimalist chaise longues. ‘It’s my fantasy house,’ he enthuses.

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In truth, the androgynous 33-year-old, in white trainers and skinny black jeans, the sleeves of his jacket rolled up, looks barely old enough to have a mortgage. And while he is doing very well for himself, with a successful eponymous label almost a decade old – its reputation boosted in no small measure by the two inauguration gowns he designed for Michelle Obama – whether even he could afford this property remains to be seen.

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