Based in New York, Canadian designer Jason Wu came to fashion in a roundabout way. A native of Taiwan (born in 1982), Wu immigrated to Canada at the age of nine. Choosing to study in the U.S. for his high school years, Wu in turn spent his senior year at SYA France of School Year Abroad during his senior year. He then went on to study sculpture in Tokyo.
Showing an artistic tendency early on, he became very adept in sewing when he started designing and creating doll clothes. When he was 16, the “Jason Wu Dolls” line has become very lucrative. In 2000, when Wu was 18 and living in Europe, he created “Fashion Royalty,” a high-end fashion doll line loved by collectors. It is still being sold up to today by Integrity Toys
To Wu, the leap from fashion dolls to fashionistas was inevitable. Moving back to the U.S., he enrolled at Parsons The New School of Design. In 2006, he unveiled his first eponymous collection during New York Fashion Week to rave reviews by critics and editors. In 2008, he won Fashion Group International’s “Rising Star” Award.
An instant fashion darling, Jason Wu went from strength to strength season after season; with his eponymous line becoming the “It” label among the fashion elite. With a solid reputation in fashion, Wu was named as the Art Director of German fashion house Hugo Boss overseeing the entire womenswear range in June 2013.
Not forgetting his roots, Wu continues to have a good relationship with his native land where he is affectionately nicknamed “the light of Taiwan.”