Grant Mower, 12 Years Old, Designs Dress For Michelle Obama (VIDEO)
Jason Wu, Rachel Roy...Grant Mower?
Mower is only 12 years old, but he has designed a dress especially for Michelle Obama that he hopes will win her over, reports KSL News.
The student from Flower Mound, Texas sketches and sews his own women's fashions, including a white one-strap gown that beat high school and college students' designs in a local fashion competition. His winning creation launched his journey into high fashion, landing him on "The Nate Berkus Show" and in the New York Times as a so-called "kiddie couturier."
While Texas designer Michael Faircloth has been mentoring him, Mower's mother, an interior designer, has helped him sew his extravagant visions. She also supports him when bullies at school make fun of his unconventional passion.
"He would look for validation, and not get it, so he'd come home from school and it would take him three hours for me to just get him back," his mother, Moanna, told KSL News. "And out of desperation I would do things like, 'Do you want to watch a Versace fashion show?'"
Or Valentino or Karl Lagerfeld, two of Mower's favorites. Like them, the young designer aspires to dress the most high-profile women -- beginning with Michelle Obama.
Mower headed to Park City, Utah Thursday with his orchid-inspired design in tow, determined to schedule a fitting with the first lady while she is in town for a July 26 presidential fundraiser.
Watching this adorably earnest and eloquent 12-year-old, we can't imagine how she could possibly say no.