A longtime supporter of young American designers, Michelle Obama is using her ties to the fashion industry to do some good this fall. According to WWD, the First Lady will hold the White House's first Fashion Education Workshop on October 8, an event that will bring together industry professionals and high school and college-age students with a strong interest in fashion. Later that same evening, she'll be hosting a "Celebration of Design" reception.
Obama has a history of playing fairy godmother to up-and-coming fashion brands — her decision to wear a Jason Wu gown at the Inaugural Ball in 2009 helped put the designer on the map in a big way — so it's nice to see her investing in the next next generation of designers.
A rep for Prabal Gurung has confirmed with us that the designer will be in attendance, and WWD reports that Maria Cornejo, Reed Krakoff and Bibhu Mohapatra will also be among those doling out career advice to the students. While it's impossible to soak up everything there is to know about an industry in just five hours, we're guessing there's a decent chance some of those participants will wind up with internships after program concludes — which is a pretty cool way to get your foot in the door, if you ask us.