The American fashion establishment is not going to be happy about this. First Lady of fashion (and you know, our country) Michelle Obama attended the annual White House Halloween Party on Saturday wearing a knockoff of one of Diane von Furstenberg‘s dresses.
The dress Obama wore to hand out candy and other healthier treats to kids on the White House steps is extremely similar to the silk and polyester Savannah Striped Dress from DVF’s fall 2011 collection — but it’s not exactly the same thing. Put the two dresses side by side and you’ll notice the differences in the orange and gold stripes that run diagonally across the dress — and you’ll notice that the Obama’s version has a different neckline.
So was the First Lady’s dress one of those famous White House custom designs? Nope. Turns out, Obama got hers from British fast fashion chain ASOS, which is known for its well priced versions of runway creations, but not for making flagrant copies of designer dresses. Still, the design of this dress is simple enough that it’s not hard to tell where the inspiration for the “Midi Body-Conscious Dress in Metallic Stripe” comes from: straight from DVF’s studio.
Given how much crap DVF gave the first lady when she wore Alexander McQueen, a British designer, to the state dinner held for Chinese president Hu Jintao back in January, we wouldn’t be entirely surprised if the Belgian goddess of the wrap dress raised all kinds of hell over the ASOS dress. Still, Obama is a pretty faithful customer of American designers — DVF included — so we hope Von Furstenberg will cut her at least a little slack this time.
Plus, Von Furstenberg’s dress costs a whopping $498, while the ASOS version only goes for $72. And in a down economy, we’d think even luxury designers would appreciate the need to save every penny possible.
Take a look at the dresses below: