Meet Ma Ke, the reclusive fashion designer for Chinese first lady and icon Peng Liyuan

By William Wan, March 20, 2014

BEIJING — Jacqueline Kennedy had dressmaker Oleg Cassini. Michelle Obama has Jason Wu and a whole coterie of up-and-coming designers.

China’s new first lady, Peng Liyuan? She has Ma Ke.

For years, Ma has been one of China’s most successful and cutting-edge fashion designers, but also one of its most reclusive. She has served as a personal designer for Peng since 2003 — a time when Peng, a singer, was far more famous in China than her husband, Xi Jinping, who was then just a provincial party head who would later become president.

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