Social media was all abuzz on October 8, 2014 as photos from the top influencers in the fashion industry tweeted and instagrammed images from the White House as part of its first ever Fashion Education Workshop. The workshop, initiated by First Lady Michelle Obama, was cultivated under the Reach Higher Initiative–a program developed by the First Lady to inspire students all across America to take charge of their future by completing post-high school education. Images of fashion greats from Anna Wintour to Diane von Furstenberg flooded social media accounts as the fashion industry took over the White House and inspired students to pursue not only higher education but to encourage sincere connections with some of the top leaders in the fashion industry.
Michelle Obama, wearing a dress designed by FIT student and designer, Chelsea Chen, addressed the students in attendance and provided words of purpose and motivation. From draping demonstrations to industry led panels, students were also provided with an intimate set-up in order to garner their dreams and to come up close and personal with some of their fashion favorites. Says one student attendee via her Instagram account, “This day has been one of the greatest days of my life so far and inspired me to work towards more beautiful things like this.”
With the Reach Higher Initiative, the First Lady is aiming that by 2020, America will have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. With programs such as the Fashion Education Workshop amongst many others, the goal is not far beyond reach. Given the response by students through their social media channels, the workshop was not only a success, but the gateway to fostering the next generation of American fashion leaders.