Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Michelle Obama's State Dinner Style Rewind: All the Colors, Cuts and Couture of the Last Eight Years

Michelle Obama, State Dinner Fashion
After eight years in the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama is a bonafide pro when it comes to dressing for a state dinner. After all, she's attended 13 of them.

From strapless Naeem Khan to glittering Atelier Versace, the 52-year-old mother of two has redefined fashion at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with her colorful, embellished and bold floor-length looks over the course of almost a decade.
Sporting an array of designers, she's looked elegant, edgy and many winning adjectives in between as she paved a sartorial legacy.  
While the Obama's were initially likened to the Kennedy's in youth and style when they first moved into the White House, FLOTUS has since carved out a chunk of first lady couture history all her own while helping unknown designers flourish along the way.
Here's a look at all of the State Dinner gowns that secured the first lady's status as a fashion icon. 
Michelle Obama, Barack Obama, State Dinner Fashion
Date: November 24, 2009
Country: India
Designer: Naeem Khan
For her first official state dinner, Michelle went for classic with a twist in this nude strapless gown with a glittering print by an Indian-American designer. Immediately, her sculpted arms were the envy of Americans everywhere. 
Michelle Obama, State Dinner Fashion
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Date: May 19, 2010
Country: Mexico
Designer: Peter Soronen
Michelle went for full-on glam in a royal blue one-shoulder gown finished with a sparkling belt designed by a fairly new Chicago native—her hometown, of course. 
Michelle Obama, State Dinner Fashion
Date: January 19, 2011
Country: China
Designer: Alexander McQueen
Early on in the Obama presidency, FLOTUS was already making fashion statements, including this printed silk and organza gown by the edgy label. 
Michelle Obama, State Dinner Fashion
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Date: June 7, 2011
Country: Germany
Designer: Naeem Khan
Obama was a loyal customer, often returning to designers she had worn before for new looks. This beaded cream gown by Khan made a sophisticated entrance akin to the dress she wore by him at her first dinner. 
Michelle Obama, State Dinner Fashion
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Date: Oct. 13, 2011
Country: South Korea
Designer: Doo-Ri Chung
When the first lady chooses something to wear for a public event, she often does her homework. To pay homage to the president and first lady of South Korea, Michelle sported a regal purple one-shoulder gown by a Korean-American designer. 
Michelle Obama, State Dinner Fashion
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Date: March 14, 2012
Country: United Kingdom
Designer: Marchesa
Obama wasn't afraid of rocking color during her time as First Lady, sporting this cobalt blue design paired with layers of Tom Binns statement necklaces. 
Michelle Obama, State Dinner Fashion
Date: Feb. 11, 2014
Country: France
Designer: Carolina Herrera
For this night, Obama selected  a classic American designer known for her elegant creations—among them this taffeta and lace ballgown in periwinkle.  
Michelle Obama, State Dinner Fashion
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Date: April 28, 2015
Country: Japan
Designer: Tadashi Shoji
Michelle arrived to the state dinner with the Japanese Prime Minister and his wife sporting a purple intricate embroidered gown by a famous Japanese-American designer.
Michelle Obama, State Dinner Fashion
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Date: Sept. 25, 2015
Country: China
Designer: Vera Wang
In arguably one of her best looks in the entire state dinner collection, FLOTUS sported a black off-the-shoulder mermaid gown with a voluminous tail. Her gathered hair and chandelier earrings were the perfect complements to the bridal designer's elegant creation. 
State Dinner Fashion, Michelle Obama
Date: March 10, 2016
Country: Canada
Designer: Jason Wu
For one of her first forays into black tie print, Obama arrived in a strapless black gown with a floral motif by Canadian designer, Wu, who also is famous for creating her first and second inaugural ball gowns. 
State Dinner Fashion, Michelle Obama
Date: May 13, 2016
Country: Nordic States
Designer: Naeem Khan
Three times were a charm for Khan, who was behind this romantic, ruched one-shoulder design yet again.  
State Dinner Fashion, Michelle Obama
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Date: Aug. 2, 2016
Country: Singapore
Designer: Brandon Maxwell
For one of her final dinners, the First Lady chose an American designer famous for styling Lady Gaga in many of her most iconic fashion moments, including her Video Music Award meat dress and the white caped jumpsuit she sported to this year's Academy Awards.
Obama's white, architectural strapless column gown was reminiscent of Gaga's Oscar look and was a sleek and slightly edgy choice in contrast to her previous softer, romantic styles. 
Michelle Obama, State Dinner Fashion
Date: Oct. 18, 2016
Country: Italy
Designer: Atelier Versace
For her 13th and final state dinner appearance, Michelle physically beamed in a rose gold, sequin ruched gown by the world-renowned Italian label. 

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