openerOn Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the first-ever Fashion Education Workshop at the White House. Draped in a dress designed by the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), located in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, FLOTUS addressed a crowd of young students encouraging them to be risk-takers.

The crowd included students from the crème de la crème of New York City fashions schools such as Parsons The New School for Design, the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Pratt Institute of Technology.

Obama said to the students, “I know that many of you are hoping to one day pursue a career in fashion, and that’s why we invited you here today—because we want you to really understand what it’s going to take to be successful.  And we want you to see firsthand that a solid education and the willingness to work hard is really at the core of what it’s going to take to achieve your goals:  education and hard work.  It’s that simple.”

FLOTUS also mentioned Spanx founder Sara Blakely, who worked at Disney World and sold office supplies prior to making her dream of supportive shapewear into an extremely lucrative reality. She said, “Spanx, is a multibillion-dollar company with products selling in more than 50 countries.  And we all wear them with pride.”

In addition, students had the opportunity to hear from Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour as well as working professionals such as Narciso Rodriguez, Sara Blakely, Zac Posen, Eva Chen of Lucky and Diane von Furstenberg.

Click through the gallery to see photos from the event.


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