Michelle Obama and the Narciso Rodriguez Election Night Dress
While Americans voted wholeheartedly in favour of Barack Obama for president yesterday, when Michelle Obama took the stage in a red and black Narcisco Rodriguez dress the public opinion was decidedly less conclusive.
Michelle Obama's striking red-and-black dress worn Tuesday night as her husband became president-elect of the United States was designed by Narciso Rodriguez.
It was based on a style shown during Rodriguez's spring '09 runway show in New York.
Meanwhile, President-elect Barack Obama wore the same style dark-navy suit custom-made by Hart Schaffner Marx that he wore at the Democratic Convention, the company says. Hart Schaffner Marx makes its suits in the Obamas' home state of Illinois.
The fashion community is near-speechless, and not in a good way - Michelle Obama is being criticized for her odd choice in dress, a shift with criss-crossed black satin detailing across the front and back that also extended down each side. Keeping with the Obama family red and black election night theme, Michelle paired the dress with black flats and a black cardigan.
Blame it on Narciso Rodriquez, a New York fashion designer, who made the bizarre dress that looked more like a Halloween costume than an election night frock.
All eyes will certainly be on Michelle Obama as First Lady in the White House, as she has already been hailed as a fashion icon that real Americans can relate to, with her realistic and creative style and affordable choices.