Reed Krakoff On Dressing Michelle Obama: ‘Highlight Of My Career’

Over the weekend, Michelle Obama wore a blue Reed Krakoff shift dress and cardigan to the official swearing-in ceremony.

Krakoff, who also heads Coach, had been working on Michelle’s ensemble for more than three months at his studio in New York City, and although he didn’t go into detail about the process of making the dress and cardigan, he said that the inspiration came from her signature style. He tells WWD:

“What’s so amazing is it’s such a singular moment. It really is a highlight of my career. What we are most proud of is that she would choose to wear something we created for her in New York, and to have that kind of back and forth. What was amazing about the process was that you learn so much about yourself as a designer and your team. More than anything what this gives us is a sense of purpose that what we’re doing is on the right track. It will long outlive the moment but at the same time we are incredibly honored. The First Lady is a strong confident modern woman. She knows what she likes and what works for her and that’s what makes a style icon. She very much embraces fashion but in a way that works for her.”

Michelle previously wore Krakoff’s designs back in 2011 to the Pritzker Architecture Prize ceremony, and while she’s certainly had luck with the designer, the same can’t be said for Ann Romney. She wore a $990 t-shirt during her campaign with husband Mitt, but that, if you’ll remember, wasn’t received nearly as well. Even Krakoff himself denied any involvement in her decision.

Check out Michelle’s outfit from the weekend once again, below:


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