Twelve years after he graduated from Windsor's Loomis Chaffee School, Jason Wu has solidified his position as a household name, and unsuspectedly so.
"When I saw it, I was just floored," Wu told CBSNews after learning First Lady Michelle Obama chose to wear one of his designs to celebrate the president's swearing in, for the second time.
The dress Obama chose to wear in 2009 — a white chiffon gown designed by the 30-year-old — now hangs in The Smithsonian, where it will soon be joined by the red halter-neck gown she chose to wear Monday evening.
According to The Huffington Post, the first lady's ensemble was completed with a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes and a Kimberly McDonald ring.
Wu attendend The New School's Parsons The New School for Design following his years in Windsor.
Obama chose Wu's design from a pool of a rumored 15 desiners, The Huffington Post reports.
Once chosen, Wu entered a process of much collaboration and "back-and-forth" as he worked to provide just the look desired for the historic occassion, he told CBSNews.