Updated to include new information.
There’s always been a real interest in what first ladies wear during the inauguration. And for Michelle Obama, the public’s interest is really high! Read about what she wore, see photos and watch a fun video.
Updated: Michelle Obama’s Inaugural Ball Gown has been revealed. You can go here to see the photos. The designer is 26-year-old Jason Wu. And the feedback on MO’s dress? Decidedly mixed.
The media’s slobbering obsession with the Obamas reaches fever pitch tonight, as fashionistas wait – pens poised – to see what she will wear to the Inaugural Balls.
Most certainly, Michelle Obama wants to be the Belle of the Balls and I suppose she will be. However it is a bit tricky! The goal of the inaugural gown is to look great on stage and on TV, to look lovely in photographs the next day, and of course to look timeless for posterity. In some ways, she is more of the focal point of the evening Balls then her barackstar husband. Some want her to consider these gowns provided by the top designers in the world, while others want her to go green on her gown!
I will say it seems a bit trivial at a time when Americans are suffering under the weight of the economic crisis that we pay so much attention to MO’s wardrobe but alas, we do. She seems to favor simple cuts in jewel tones but somewhat loud prints. She also seems to favor the work of emerging US designers such as Thakoon, Narciso Rodriguez, and Maria Pinto.
For today’s swearing in ceremony she wore a yellowy-ish coat dress by Cuban-born designer Isabel Toledo. It had faux jewels (at least I think they were faux) around the neckline. She wore J Crew gloves and matching shoes. I hated the outfit personally – it seemed overly detailed, a bit gawdy, and somewhat matronly. But, of course, media across the globe will again call her a fashion icon.
Call it a burden of First Ladies, but if tonite’s choice for Obama Ball Wear is anything like this morning’s choice, she will fail horribly.
A picture of Michelle Obama at the Inaugural Balls will be posted as soon as one becomes available to us.
Michelle Obama Video