The non-profit YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) has long helped the fashion community, promoting education of the fashion arts & business by granting scholarships to talented students and facilitating internships, mentorships and career guidance. They recently struck up a relationship with the designer of *that gorgeous one-shoulder white gown* worn by Michelle Obama to the presidential inauguration balls, awarding Wu the Future of Fashion Award at the 2012 YMA FSF Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards Dinner this past January.
And he returned the favor by hosting one of their "Breakfast with the Boss" events where the organizations current crop of interns get the chance to meet and learn from industry leaders & insiders. 16 lucky YMA FSF scholars got the chance to find out more about the designer's eight years in the business, including advice and fun stories.
Like the fact that prior to catering to big dolls, he designed frocks & fabulousness for lil' ones. "I don’t know if you guys know this, but I was in a different industry before — I worked in the toy industry for a long time, since I was 16, so I was able to garner a little money to start off my company," he told the "kids", adding that the Mrs. O fashion moment that catapulted him onto a global stage was just the beginning. "It was one of the best moments of my life and I'll never forget it, but it also made me go beyond... I always say it's like being an actor: You get one big role and then you can't stop, you need to look for your next big role."
- Lesley Scott