First lady, Michelle Obama made headlines once again because of her impeccable sense of style after the final state dinner on Tuesday night. The first lady chose to wear a floor length rose gold chainmail gown by Versace. The last state dinner was held in the honor of Italy, a country known for its fashion and elegance, Mrs Obama chose an Italian designer couture gown.
Welcoming Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini, Mr. and Mrs. Obama made a solid and long lasting impression, considering it was the last state dinner under the Presidency of Barack Obama. The post however, is dedicated to Michelle Obama, who has used fashion as a symbolism to pay tribute to the nation of honor.
Back in Nov, 2009, the first lady wore a fantastic Naeem Khan metallic strapless column gown, welcoming the then Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. It was an opportunity every designer seeks and American-Indian designer, Naeem Khan had both talent and luck on his side! We were impressed with the accessory choices.
In May, 2010, Michelle Obama made an electrifying appearance for the Mexico state dinner held at the White House. She chose an electric blue one shoulder gown by Peter Soronen. She paired the gown with a rhinestone belt. The belt and the shimmery fabric was not easy to pull off but Mrs Obama look mesmerizing in the outfit and the short wavy hairstyle made her look even more effortless.
For the January 2011, Chinese State Dinner, Michelle Obama created stir with her Alexander McQueen gown. It was bright orange dipped gown with bold flower patterns. The first lady received fashion brownie points for the stunning and unique outfit. While the fashion police completely validated the choice, there were however, few sections that criticized for not wearing an American fashion label. She responded to the criticism by saying that a person should have choice on what they want to wear. Keeping the controversy aside, we think this was one of the most gorgeous outfit she wore in any of the state dinners.
In June 2011, Naeem Khan made a come back and by now was tagged as the first lady’s favorite designer. For the German State Dinner, Michelle Obama wore a simple cream v-neck silhouette with an elaborated silver bead work. The accessory was kept to minimal except for the bold handcuffs. The outfit surely made her shine and perfectly suited her body type.
For the England State Dinner in March 2012, Mrs Obama couldn’t dress more British. The outfit was created by American fashion house Marchesa, whose lead designer, Georgina Chapman, is British. We liked how she kept her outfit monotoned and plain and paired it with heavy jewel toned necklace. The teal off shoulder gown had few pleated details at the top. The gown was surely her comfort zone, but the color, the style, the accessories, everything was absolutely flattering her personality.
This is one of our favourite Michelle Obama’s State Dinner outfit. This was in February, 2014, for the French State Dinner. For the seventh state dinner, Michelle Obama wore a splendid and glamorous Carolina Herrera ball gown. The dress comprised of a dark blue lacy top with blue taffeta skirt in the bottom. Exuberating pure elegance, Mrs Obama looked drop-dead gorgeous. She pulled off the traditional outfit with an equal ease and panache as she carries other contemporary outfits.
For the Japanese State Dinner held in April 2015, the first lady again won our hearts with the stunning gown by Japanese born designer Tadashi Shoji. The monotoned gown was made with embroidered feathery tulle. Regal is the word that comes to mind when we look at this picture!
And last but not the least, this look is from the 2016 Canadian State Dinner with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The dinner was held in the month of March and Mrs Obama chose a perfect spring gown for the occasion. She again paid tribute to the nation of honor and this time she did it for Canada by wearing a Jason Wu gown. Jason Wu was born in Taiwan and raised in Canada. The gown has beautiful flower pattern in black backdrop and an asymmetrical draping with a slit from the front. We loved her open loose waves which complimented her dress and overall look.
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