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Michelle Obama: Inauguration Dress Ideas

[ 0 ] January 18, 2009 |
The store that carried this dress reported a sharp spike in sales after Obama wore it on a television talk show.

The store that carried this dress reported a sharp spike in sales after Obama wore it on a television talk show.

Not since the original fashionista, Jackie Kennedy, have people looked to the White House for style inspiration.  And inspire she does.  While Michelle Obama has stated repeatedly that fashion is not her primary focus, she has quickly become the industry’s top muse, a sacred pedestal usually reserved for high-profile starlets and supermodels.  It is no wonder, since the woman wears clothes exceptionally well thanks to her tall, svelte figure – big booty notwithstanding!  Like Obama, the fashion industry is walking tall as she gives American designers a much-needed profile boost.

Designers are hovering around the soon-to-be First Lady, anxious to dress her for Inauguration night.  Will she choose haute couture or ready-to-wear?  Given the current (dismal) state of the economy, she will likely opt for the latter or find a clever middle ground – perhaps a cost-conscious label that whips up a First Lady special?  She has already demonstrated a penchant for up-and-coming designers like Thakoon and off-the rack items such as the $148.00 dress, shown right, by Donna Ricco.

Women’s Wear Daily is also having fun with this, asking dozens of designers to sketch what they envision the First Lady wearing on Inauguration night.  Most of Obama’s favorite designers, including Thakoon, have declined WWD’s request likely because they are top contenders who need to keep their ideas under wraps (no pun intended).

A svelte suggestion by Carolina Herrera

A svelte suggestion by Carolina Herrera

A red-hot idea from Monique Lhuillier

A red-hot idea from Monique Lhuillier

While Obama is expected to wear American on Inauguration night (as she should) she may very well embrace international design too, especially when accompanying the President on foreign missions.

A casual chic outfit from Pink Tartan - perfect for a meeting with our PM's wife - without the headscarf!

A casual chic outfit from Pink Tartan's S/S 2009 collection.

Carla Bruni, wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy made a diplomatic choice during her first state visit to the UK, wearing outfits from French design house Christian Dior – their head designer, John Galliano is British.

When Michelle Obama accompanies the President on his first official visit to Canada, I would like to see her dressed by a young, innovative Canadian label such as Pink Tartan.  Its designs may be described as preppy chic with an elegant, sophisticated twist, tailor-made for the First Lady.  The outfit shown to the right would be perfect for a one-on-one meeting with our Prime Minister’s wife (without the headscarf, of course).

Michelle Obama is in the enviable position of choosing from a vast array of Inauguration dress ideas.  She can pretty much wear anything and pull it off with grace, elegance and her own brand of sophistication.  Whatever she decides, it is sure to represent the epitome of classic American chic.

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