WOW! What a Fashion Moment . . .

  • By Loretta Lilly

First Lady Michelle Obama sent a powerful message above and beyond aesthetics at her final state dinner in a shimmery rose gold Versace gown—it also spoke of armor and female strength, of the need to gird yourself to fight for what you believe in. Atelier Versace is the haute-couture branch of the Italian fashion house crafted by Donatella Versace known for her independence and courage. Considering that the gown was custom‑made, it does not come with a price tag but is estimated to have cost at least $12,000, according to stylists.

Michelle has a tradition of wearing dresses to state dinners by designers representing the nation being honored in attempt to pay tribute. She looked absolutely amazing. Throughout her tenure as First Lady, she has really championed her favorite designers, including Jason Wu and Tadashi Shoji, but has shied away from the mega-brands, like Versace. Donatella stated, "I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to dress the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama," adding, "Thank you, Michelle, for all of the things you have done for America and for the rest of the world, for the women in the United States and the rest of the world."

It has been said that Mrs. Obama has historically solidified her legacy as perhaps the most adept and successful practitioner of the art of political dressing that any administration has seen while engaging in cross-border events.

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