Michelle Obama Wears Jason Wu for Vogue Cover
It's official: Michelle Obama appears on the front cover of the March 2009 Vogue magazine, wearing a magenta Jason Wu dress.
Speculation has been circulating since November 2008 that the First Lady would grace the cover of the legendary Conde Nast publication, though at that time Vogue would only confirm that they were interested in featuring Obama. She is the second first lady to make the Vogue cover, preceded only by Hilary Clinton who appeared on the December 1998 issue.
When photographer Annie Leibovitz and her crew showed up at the Hay-Adams Hotel in January, where the Obamas were residing before the inauguration, it seemed likely that she was there to photograph the first lady for Vogue - and indeed she was, as Obama was perched upon a couch within a Hay-Adams suite for the cover shot.
The feature article, written by Andre Leon Thalley, outlines how Michelle Obama wants to raise her children and how the family is settling into the White House, among other topics.
Obama has appeared on the covers of other magazines, such as Ebony, but this is her first cover as the First Lady. She reportedly chose pieces from her very on wardrobe for the Vogue shoot, including a J. Crew cardigan, a Narciso Rodriguez dress, and of course the Jason Wu cover piece.
Inside, a photograph shows her in a black dress by designer Narciso Rodriguez. She is standing in front of open French doors. Outside is Lafayette Park and in the distance you can barely see the White House, the seat of power. Behind her are the props of her profession: a laptop, a cup of coffee or more likely tea. A notepad, a pen. A folded newspaper. She is tethered to work by an old-fashioned telephone, the spiral cord stretched, the receiver at her right ear. She is not talking. She is either listening or on hold.
Designer Jason Wu also designed Michelle Obama's inaugural gown, and will be showing a collection at the upcoming Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. Many wonder if the fashionable first lady will make an appearance.
Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who contributed considerably to the Obama campaign, had much to say about the First Lady:
"Change was the clarion call of Barack Obama's election campaign," writes Vogue's editor, Anna Wintour, "though I don't think any of us at Vogue initially realized that would include the difference that was going to be made by First Lady Michelle Obama's wardrobe."
Wintour wrote that she was impressed by Michelle Obama's inauguration dress designed by Isabel Toledo and her ball gown designed by Jason Wu. She liked the Narciso Rodriguez camel coat she wore to the opening ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial.
"It wasn't just that her choices projected a simpler, streamlined, more modern attitude, rejecting the ridiculous idea that the only way for a First Lady to dress is in the dreaded White House standard-issue uniform -- the boxy, anonymous suit that always managed to look as appealing, and as comfortable, as armor. Instead, we have a woman who is happy in newer, less obvious designer choices like Wu and Toledo. . . . It's inspiring to see our First Lady so serene and secure in her personal style."
As NowPublic member 158 points out, the March issue of Vogue will likely sell a lot of copies.