Seeing Michelle Obama In My Clothing
Wes Gordon | Fashion Designer

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From Lena Dunham to Michelle Obama, fashion designer Wes Gordon has dressed a handful of stars.


Wes Gordon is a New York-based fashion designer known for infusing his pieces with luxury and timeless sophistication with a youthful edge. His designes have been worn by the liked of Lena Dunham, Michelle Obama and Miranda Kerr. Raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Gordon grew up surrounded by the grace and romance of the South. Enamored with high fashion from an early age, Gordon developed a keen interest in the way people express themselves through clothing. Gordon enrolled in the famously competitive Central Saint Martins University of Art and Design in London.

Between school semesters, Gordon honed his skills by interning with two industry icons – Oscar de la Renta and Tom Ford.

Upon graduation in 2009, Gordon launched his eponymous line of womenswear and presented his first collection in February at the Fall/Winter 2010 New York Fashion Week.

Wes Gordon has appeared in major national/international publications and has developed a celebrity following. Press and retailers alike praise Gordon for his combination of classic techniques and modern designs. Additional accolades include the 2012 FGI Rising Star Award, 2012 finalist in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund and 2-time recipient of the coveted Swarovski Collective sponsorship (Spring 2013 and Spring 2014).

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So, it took a couple seasons for us to really kind of have those celebrity moments. Like, I’m from Atlanta; I didn’t grow up in New York; I didn’t grow up in LA. So, I get really starstruck, and I get really excited about these things.

We made a gown for Lena Dunham when GIRLS was just starting for the Met Ball a couple years ago.

One of our first really, really big ones was Mrs. Obama, who wore a jacket of ours a couple of years ago to the Teen Choice Awards, and I found this out on Twitter. I’m sitting there looking at Twitter, and they’re like, “Michelle Obama in a houndstooth metal jacket,” and I’m like, “Wait! We made a houndstooth metal jacket!”

The other day, Kim Kardashian Instagrammed wearing a dress and tagged me, which was very cool.

In total honesty though, what I find even more exciting is when I’m at a party or when I’m walking down a sidewalk, and I see a total stranger wearing a piece that I can’t trace back.

And the first couple of times that happened, I think I made a bit of a fool of myself – running up to her and being like, “Hi! I designed your dress! It looks so pretty!” and she was kinda like… [imitates being shocked].

But, that to me is… that’s the ultimate thrill.

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