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Rita Kokshanian
Oct 08, 2014 @ 6:45 pm

This morning, more than 150 lucky high school and college students made their way to the White House for a once in a lifetime opportunity: A fashion workshop hosted by none other than First Lady Michelle Obama. The Fashion Education Workshop aimed to show young people interested in fashion what it takes to succeed in the industry and how important it is to commit to their education.

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The day started out with five workshops led by fashion industry leaders including Phillip LimZac PosenMarchesa's Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, Naeem Khan, and Thom Browne. Afterwards, students attended a luncheon where FLOTUS spoke, followed by an expert panel that included Jenna LyonsDiane von FurstenbergPrabal GurungTracy ReeseJason Wu and Edward Wilkerson with Lilliana Vazquez as moderator.

"You've got to hone your skills in college or at design school, you've got to be willing to take some risks and you also have to be prepared to fail. A lot," says Obama during the opening remarks, outfitted in a dress designed by a current FIT student. "All of these are essential for the journey."

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Watch the First Lady's full speech below as well as the panel discussion here, plus check out some designer Instas from the event below!

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