Jason Wu is doing his part to inspire future designers, acting as a mentor to 15 seniors at Otis College of Art and Design. The program falls on the school’s centenary and was made possible by Mary and David Martin’s Madworkshop Foundation.
Wu tasked the students with examining the history and symbolism of Forties and Fifties uniforms and men’s wear and translating it into a modern women’s ready to wear collection. As part of his program, Wu took the class to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in August to examine little-seen pieces from its Costume and Textiles Department as well as its artworks and architecture. He returned last Friday to see the students’ progress and take part in an onstage conversation with LACMA senior curator and head of the department Sharon Takeda.
Prior to the talk at LACMA, Wu sat down with WWD to discuss the importance of staying in tune with the younger generation as well as his upcoming docuseries.
Jason Wu at LACMA with senior curator Sharon Takeda.
Buddy Bleckley courtesy of MADWORKSHOP
WWD: Is this your first college mentorship?
Jason Wu: I’ve never really done anything quite like this before. Mary and David Martin of Madworkshop have been friends with the