Jason Wu Was 'Pretty Clueless' Michelle Obama Would Wear His Dress

Turns out Jason Wu was as eager--and as surprised--as the rest of the nation to see which designer Michelle Obama would wear at the Inaugural Ball.
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Turns out Jason Wu was as eager--and as surprised--as the rest of the nation to see which designer Michelle Obama would wear at the Inaugural Ball.
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Turns out Jason Wu was as eager--and as surprised--as the rest of the nation to see which designer Michelle Obama would wear at the Inaugural Ball.

“It is a big surprise," Wu told the New York Times last night. "The White House kept me pretty clueless until five minutes ago."

Wu, like several other designers, had sent Michelle a specially-designed gown for her consideration--but it wasn't until she made her dramatic entrance that he realized he was, once again, the lucky designer she chose. "I’m still floating," he said.

It is very, very exciting and such an honor to have the First Lady pick my design for a second time," Wu wrote to us in an email. "I am truly humbled and proud."

The fact that it was his second time to get the honor didn't make the waiting game any less anxiety-ridden for the designer.

“I was so nervous," Wu, who was watching the ball with his staff at his design studio, told WWD. "You’d think I wouldn’t be since I’d experienced it before but I really was.”

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Photo: Getty

Speaking to the Associated Press, Wu called the chance to dress Michelle the opportunity of a lifetime. "I can't believe it. It's crazy," the designer said. "To have done it once was already the experience of my life. To have a second time is tremendous."

As for what Wu was going for when he designed the stunning red gown, the designer told WWD:

“Like last time, I had to go with my gut. I instinctively had to think of the woman in the dress. After four years in office, I thought the country was ready to see a confident First Lady in red. It just felt right.”

But Wu doesn't have much time to rest on his laurels in the wake of such a success. “Fall’s coming up — you know that,” he told WWD