Aspiring Walls Designers Attend White House Events

Posted on: October 15th, 2014 by Admin

Ten SWWHS students participated in the inaugural Fashion Education Workshop at the White House, hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. The workshop connected over 150 high school and college students with such fashion luminaries as Diane von Furstenberg, Zac Posen, Jason Wu, and Narciso Rodriguez, who encouraged the young designers as they passed on fashion design wisdom and skills. The participants enjoyed a delicious lunch with the First Lady, followed by a panel discussion.

But the design excitement actually began the week before, when 35 SWWHS students joined hundreds of others from DC and New York City high schools for the Teen Design Fair at the Smithsonian. The event was broad in scope, engaging young people interested in every type of design career, including industrial design, computer graphics, fashion, architecture, and much more. Design leaders shared their perspectives on their fields and advised students on choosing a college-level design program.

Of those who attended, a lucky 12–six from DC, six from NYC–were invited to the White House for a luncheon. Walls student Joshua Mitchell, who is considering a career in industrial design, met the First Lady and shared a table with several professional designers as well as DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson. Joshua appreciated the opportunity to chat with professional designers over “one of the best meals I ever had!”