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If people are still mad that First Lady Michelle Obama didn’t wear an American designer’s dress to the state dinner for China, will they accept a First Daughter’s endorsement of an American designer as a consolation prize?
If there was ever any doubt that First Lady Michelle Obama is an incredibly important player in the American fashion industry, the fact that the Council of Fashion Designers of America released an official statement about one of her outfits should clear it up.
Tonight’s State of the Union address will no doubt be an important event for politics, journalism and policy and media minders around the country and across the globe. But what the fashion industry is most concerned about is the message first lady Michelle Obama‘s outfit tonight will send — or whether it will, or even should, send a message at all.
While most everyone in the business of commenting on fashion loved (and we mean loved) the red Alexander McQueen gown First Lady Michelle Obama wore to the state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao Tuesday, the frock seemed to leave a bad taste in Oscar de la Renta‘s mouth.
Contrary to almost every breathless prediction we read today, Michelle Obama did not select an Asian-American designer’s dress for the state dinner with China. Instead, the First Lady wore a gown designed by the late Alexander McQueen to host Chinese President Hu Jintao and his wife, First Lady Liu Yongqing.
The White House rolled out the red carpet last night for a state dinner welcoming Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife Margarita Zavala, but the best part of the evening might have been First Lady Michelle Obama’s absolutely stunning, sparkling, and cerulean blue gown designed by Peter Soronen.