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Alum Jason Wu honored at the design school's annual benefit


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When Michelle Obama wore one of his dresses to the 2008 inauguration, a then-26-year-old Jason Wu famously said, "I just didn't think it was my turn yet." At last night's Parsons Fashion Benefit, Wu—now 31, with a namesake business and an artistic directorship at Hugo Boss to boot—took the same humble attitude when he was honored for his achievements. He told us, "It's a little surreal. I feel a little inadequate, like I need to do more. It's a huge honor, though. Especially in this new building—I'm the first one!"

He was talking about Parsons' new University Center, a state-of-the-art building that opened its doors in January on lower Fifth Avenue. A fashion show of the graduating seniors' work was shown in the new auditorium, and dinner was held upstairs in the sixth- and seventh-floor libraries. "This beautiful new building is a beacon for innovation and design," Wu said when accepting his award, fondly remembering the outdated building he studied in on Seventh Avenue. "And now we don't have to share space with those Garment District sample sales. Although I did get some great deals at the time."

Last night's best deal? A singular gift of $250,000 from Hugo Boss. In total, the evening raised more than $1.2 million for scholarships.

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