By  on September 13, 2011

WASHINGTON — Gilles Mendel, the designer behind J.Mendel, moved mountains to be honored by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House Tuesday as the winner of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards fashion design category accolade.

The mountain Mendel moved was his own runway show, which he pushed back from Tuesday to Wednesday because the White House ceremony honoring the National Design Awards winners fell right in the middle of New York Fashion Week.

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