Michelle Obama Inauguration Dress: Designer Sketches
Women's Wear Daily has secured 35 gown sketches from designers such as Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and Oscar de la Renta, who hope to craft an inauguration gown for Michelle Obama.
For the big guns at least, dressing Michelle may prove even more of a challenge, since her chic is more lowercase democratic than was Jackie’s. Throughout the campaign, the first lady-to-be has avoided all major names save Narciso Rodriguez, while showing a proclivity for locals (Chicago’s Maria Pinto), young types (Thakoon; Jason Wu) and cost-conscious labels (Donna Ricco; J. Crew).
Nevertheless, just about everyone yearns to dress Michelle, who could raise the profile of American fashion around the world. Yet with the exception of Maria Cornejo, her current favorites, as well as a few majors, declined WWD’s request for sketches. Some are loath to presume to offer unsolicited advice, while others, it seems, are definitely in the Inaugural sweepstakes and prefer, or have been asked, to keep their participation low-pro.
Other top designers who submitted sketches to WWD included Rodarte, Zac Posen, Diane Von Furstenberg, Betsey Johnson, Karl Lagerfeld and Christian Lacroix.