Michelle Obama honors top designers at White House

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“Look at my prints tomorrow. They’re going to be killer,” he promised.

Designers Jason Wu and Prabal Gurung were finalists in the fashion category. Both have designed dresses for the first lady. Wu designed her inaugural gown.

Gunn, a familiar face from “Project Runway” fame, hosted a design fair for teens earlier Tuesday to introduce about 200 students to career options in design. Winners and finalists for the design awards shared their work with students in small groups.

On “Project Runway,” Gunn is famous for his rallying cry: “Make it work, people.” He told the students that design is all about problem solving and urged them to get down to work designing their future.

Eugene Yarbrough, a 17-year-old senior at Washington Metropolitan High School, prepared questions for the designers he met and said he was surprised by the interest they expressed in the students. Yarbrough is interested in photography but wants to pursue a career in fashion design.

“They’re so eager to talk to us. I was nervous earlier,” he said. “But I see they’re all down-to-earth people.”

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National Design Award Winners: http://www.cooperhewitt.org/nda/awards

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