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Jason Wu is 'hands on'

Jason Wu is amazed by his success in the garment trade.

The couturier shot to fame after he debuted his first ready-to-wear collection in 2006. Jason's work has since been donned by American First Lady Michelle Obama and he has been inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

The designer has not yet adjusted to his new-found prestige.

"A few years ago all I wanted to do was succeed in fashion," Jason said to interviewer Krista Smith on special TV documentary Out of Character. "I didn't think my work [for Michelle Obama] would be in the [Smithsonian] museum."

Producing high quality pieces with an individualised flair is Jason's primary focus. He bonds with every garment he makes.

"I think it's important to have a connection with the person you're dressing," Jason shared. "Fashion is so personal and I put a lot of me into everything that I do."

Jason worked from his 100 sq. ft. apartment before he rose to prominence in the industry. He is now working from a 9000 sq. ft. studio in New York's garment district.

Jason involves himself with every aspect of the business.

"I'm so hands on. I'm on my knees doing the fitting all the time, for every single fitting. I don't want to miss any part of it, because that's why I'm in this industry. I wanted to do that," he explained.

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