January 22nd, 2013
11:49 AM ET

Wu is "elated," "honored" that First Lady picked his dress

Jason Wu tells CNN’s Alina Cho that designing Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown was an honor and details what went into creating it.

Wu says, “Right now, we're working on the fall collection and we were all still working, we had been working until like 10:00, 10:30, and we had to watch. And when the second she came out and everyone just let out the biggest scream. I mean, the whole entire studio, it was amazing. The energy was amazing.”

He adds, “Well, I chose ruby red, and, you know, it was a custom weave fabric. I wanted it to look festive, but I had also wanted - wanted it to be soft and - so that combination of velvet and chiffon was really important so we wove, it was all hand loomed, the fabric, and it's little bets of velvet woven to a floral pattern within a chiffon fabric. It's a two-process.”

CNN Newsroom airs weekdays from 9am-4pm ET on CNN.

July 13th, 2012
11:10 AM ET

"Fashion: Backstage Pass PARIS" airs Saturday, July 14th at 2:30pm ET on CNN

CNN national correspondent Alina Cho is back with a special edition of Fashion: Backstage Pass from PARIS. One-on-one interviews include Donatella Versace on her brother Gianni (Versace founder), Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld on the business of couture, Christian Dior’s new designer Raf Simons on his first collection for the house and Lenny Kravitz, inside his Paris home, on his home design aspirations.

Fashion: Backstage Pass Paris with Alina Cho debuts on Saturday, July 14th at 2:30pm ET on CNN US. The special will also air on CNN International the week of July 27th.

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