The world waited in anticipation to see what, and who, the First Lady would wear to the inauguration ball, and finally on Monday night we were given the opportunity to watch in awe. Michelle Obama stepped out in beautiful form wearing a deep ruby red dress with a diamond neck designed by little known designer gone superstar Jason Wu. The Taiwanese Canadian fashion designer Jason Wu, as young as he is at the age of thirty, is not unfamiliar with creating inaugural gowns for the First Lady, as Michelle Obama wore his stunning cream one-shouldered creation to the 2009 inauguration ball. Let’s take a closer look at this year’s design, as well as the talented man who created it.
Michelle Obama’s Inaugural Dress
The First Lady’s inaugural dress failed to disappoint fans of fashion and politics alike. The ruby coloured dress was made from velvet and chiffon, providing a touch of class and sophistication to this auspicious event. However, as you can see from the images, the dress was in no way stuffy or conservative. Instead, the diamond neckline worked to show of Michelle’s strong arms, and overall gave substance to the saying that behind every great man stands a great woman. The bearing of her shoulders shows that Michelle Obama is fully confident in her role as First Lady, and the inaugural dress seemed to speak volumes about her own person, as opposed to communicating a message about the actual event. The red of course was beautiful with a touch of sentiment, reminding us of the colours of the American flag. Whether intentional or not, it worked.
Of course we cannot showcase the inaugural dress without highlighting the accessories. Michelle Obama stepped out in stunning Jimmi Choo heels, and a handmade diamond ring adorned her finger, hand crafted by Kimberley McDonald. The jewellery designer also collaborated with Wu to create the keyhole neckline on the diamond neck design.
According to Twitter reports, Jason Wu was absolutely shocked to learn that his dress had once again been chosen for this once…apparently twice in a lifetime occasion. Speaking to the Associated Press, he stated that it was already the experience of his life and to have it a second time was tremendous. However, when we consider how much a loyalist Michelle Obama is when it comes to fashion, maybe the choice of her inaugural dress is not too much of a surprise. Well done Michelle Obama for representing yourself beautifully and truthfully, and for getting it right in absolute style.
Penny Munroe is an avid writer in fashion news and tips, outling the latest trends in cashmere coats to reporting on the world’s most high profile fashion events.