Baltimore Design School Students Meet Fashion Icons

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10 Baltimore Design School students met Zac Posen
Baltimore students met Zac Posen at Michelle Obama’s Fashion Education Workshop. Photo by Martyna Borkowski.

A group of 10 Baltimore Design School students participated in the Fashion Education Workshop in Washington, D.C. The first-of-its-kind event was held Wednesday at the White House and hosted by Michelle Obama.

The Baltimore students were among 150 from across the country who were invited to rub elbows with stars of the fashion world. Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, Tracy Reese, Jason Wu, Lela Rose, Project Runway judge Zac Posen, and many others were on hand to offer inspiration and introduce the students to the less-than-glamorous facets of the fashion industry.

According to, the designers, editors, and execs conducted workshops covering topics like journalism, wearable technology, inspiration, construction, and entrepreneurship.

A key goal was demonstrating to the students that fashion was a serious industry in the United States that employs 1.4 million people and that it’s “about so much more than just a pretty pair of pumps or the perfect hemline,” as the first lady told students during lunch. “For so many people across the country it is a calling,” she said. “It is a career and it’s a way they feed their families.”

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