Michelle Obama: Inaugural Icon

image by Luke Sharrett for New York Times

By Arriel Ginter

“…no one disputes the quality of the First Lady.” said Barack Obama as his final statement before Michelle Obama, and her highly anticipated dress pick, graced the Inaugural Ball’s Stage. After making a statement with a custom Thom Browne coat and dress, the public and fashion community eagerly awaited to see who and what the First Lady would be wearing for the balls.With Jennifer Hudson singing in the background – the couple embraced and Mrs. Obama’s dress shocked viewers.

Stepping onto the stage in a floor length grecian style gown, she glowed as a red goddess. Donning a red velvet halter-top gown with chiffon overlay by Jason Wu, she took everyone’s breath away.  Even more exciting was her decision to again choose designer Jason Wu, who was little known when she first wore his gown at the Inaugural Ball in 2009.

Fashion critics were “gobsmacked” as Robin Givhan fashion journalist put it – by her decision. Michelle Obama has been known to escalate the careers of little known American designers and her choice of using now famous Jason Wu was stunning, but also a testament to her being a true fashion icon. As a woman, Michelle’s choice fermented her need to wear what works for her.

What do you think? Should Michelle have allowed another designer hopeful to be casted into stardom or was her choice of Jason Wu perfect?

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