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Gustavo Rangel & Jason Wu

Jason Wu (born September 27, 1982) is a Taiwanese-Canadian fashion designer based in New York City. He is most famous for designing the dresses of Michelle Obama on several occasions, including during first and second inauguration of American President Barack Obama. He is in a relationship with Gustavo Rangel, who is also his business partner. (Photo: Marcelo Krasilcic, Patrik Shaw | China in my Hand)

"At first, we were friends -- I don’t remember when that line became blurry. I didn’t think he was my type, but things changed. When it’s unexpected, that’s the best—in anything in life, not just a boyfriend. Our first date was Mary Poppins, which is funny, but it turned into a romantic night.

When my company started growing, I asked Gus to help -- we work from different sides of the brain -- and he always works from the practical side. Like, when we’re shopping, he pulls me back and says, “Don’t buy that.” That’s how our relationship has played out. Working and living with someone -- that’s intense. We have to leave the baggage behind and have a personal life. We have that balance. We walk home, and once we go from the West to the East, there’s no more work talk. At Fifth Avenue, it ends.

It’s good to have someone that is real and honest. Sometimes you don’t see who you are after a long time, especially if you’re busy and working toward something. It’s nice to have someone who’s a mirror. You may not always like what you see, but it’s true." --Jason Wu (http://www.out.com/fashion/2012/01/11/jason-wu-boyfriend-gustavo-rangel-design)


Photo by Martien Mulder
Jason Wu is a Taiwanese-Canadian fashion designer based in New York City. He is most famous for designing the dresses of Michelle Obama on several occasions, including during first and second inauguration of American President Barack Obama. He is in a relationship with Gustavo Rangel, who is also his business partner. "We first met at a friend’s house on New Year’s Eve in 2005 and became friends. After about six months, it started to develop into something more." Gustavo Rangel




Jason Wu Resort 2014 collection lookbook, client: Jason Wu, source: chrisboalsartists.com, published: June 2013


JASON WU F/W 13, client: Jason Wu, source: forums.thefashionspot.com, published: Fall/Winter 2013


JASON WU F/W 13, client: Jason Wu, source: forums.thefashionspot.com, published: Fall/Winter 2013


Jason Wu S/S 13, client: Jason Wu, source: jasonwustudio.com, published: Spring/Summer 2013


The Dream Weavers, client: Vogue China, source: vogue.com.cn, published: March 2013

We first met at a friend’s house on New Year’s Eve in 2005 and became friends. After about six months, it started to develop into something more. I helped him out a little with the business because he was doing a lot of it himself. Eventually we sat down and decided it was a full-time job. We try not to talk too much about work at home -- it’s hard not to, but we really try. During our time alone, we’re very playful with each other. We joke around and make funny noises.

I saw the whole inauguration dress [for Michelle Obama] process from the beginning. We submitted the dress, and then we kind of forgot about it. We were working on Inauguration Day, and after work, we went home and turned on the TV. Finally, the ball began and President Obama and the First Lady walked out -- and there was the dress. Jason started crying, and I was emotional. It was a nice moment to see something he worked so hard on come full circle. And then the phones started ringing. --Gustavo Rangel (http://www.out.com/fashion/2012/01/11/jason-wu-boyfriend-gustavo-rangel-design)

Jason Wu was born in Taipei, Taiwan (Republic of China). Wu moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at age nine and attended Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Massachusetts and Loomis Chaffee, in Windsor, Connecticut. He learned how to sew by designing and sewing for dolls, and went on to study sculpture in Tokyo. Wu continued this career path at age sixteen by learning to create freelance doll clothing designs for toy company Integrity Toys under the lines "Jason Wu dolls" and later "Fashion Royalty". The following year, he was named creative director of Integrity Toys. He decided to become a fashion designer while spending his senior year of high school in Rennes, France before graduating from the Loomis Chaffee School in 2001, and studied at the Parsons The New School for Design, a division of The New School in New York.

Wu launched his ready-to-wear line of clothes with earnings from his years of doll designs. His first full collection debuted in 2006 and won the Fashion Group International's Rising Star award in 2008. Jason Wu's dresses were photographed underwater by Howard Schatz for Delta Faucet Company's Brizo branded faucet campaign in 2006. In 2008 he was nominated for the CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund award. Bruce Weber shot the designer for W magazine's "Summer Camp" portfolio in July 2008.

Wu's early clients included Ivana Trump, January Jones, and Amber Valletta. He also worked extensively with drag queen RuPaul, ultimately designing six RuPaul dolls.

Wu collaborated with CND (Creative Nail Design) for his Spring 2011 collection to create a set of four nail polish colours that was to be retailed from May 2011.

In June 2013, Wu was named as the Art Director of German fashion house Hugo Boss overseeing the entire womenswear range.

Michelle Obama is a noted Jason Wu customer. She was introduced to Wu by André Leon Talley, Vogue Magazine's editor-at-large, who had been advising the current First Family on their appearance. She bought four dresses from Wu early in the year, wearing one of them for a segment on Barbara Walters Special shortly before the November 2008 election, prompting many in the media to consider her his "career-launcher". She wore another dress, a custom-designed one-shoulder, floor-length white chiffon gown, at the inaugural balls on the night of President Barack Obama's first term inauguration.

Appearing on the cover of Vogue, Obama once again wore a Wu design, a magenta silk dress. Upon her arrival in London in April 2009 during the First Lady and President Barack Obama's first official European trip, Obama wore a chartreuse silk sheath dress that was designed by Wu; the next day she wore a Wu coat during her visit with the Queen Elizabeth II. On April 2, 2009, Obama paired a "traditional looking" teal Wu dress with a blue-patterned cardigan designed by Junya Watanabe on her visit to the Royal Opera House.

Mrs. Obama again wore a dress that was designed by Wu, a ruby red velvet and chiffon design, at the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Balls.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Wu

Further Readings:

In Fashion, 2nd Edition by Elaine Stone
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Fairchild Pubns; 2 edition (July 13, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1609012224
ISBN-13: 978-1609012229
Amazon: In Fashion, 2nd Edition

A clear introduction to the fashion industry, this best-selling text is as dynamic as the business itself. Through concise language and full-color photographs, author Elaine Stone provides students with an overview of fashion, from its history, cyclical nature, and development to the materials, producers, and retailers who impact the business on a global level. Whether their plans include design, product development, merchandising, buying, manufacturing, or entrepreneurship, students will gain a thorough understanding of how the industry works and what lies ahead for them professionally.

Online Resource Page includes embedded video and links to articles related to the "In Fashion Spotlight," "Everything Old is New Again," Timeless Treasures," and "Tools of the Trade" chapter features.

More Fashion Designers at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Art

More LGBT Couples at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Real Life Romance


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