Michelle Obama Makes History in Vintage Norman Norell Dress

12/17/2010 at 03:30 PM ET

Michelle Obama Makes History in Vintage Norman Norelli
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What’s old is new again for Michelle Obama, who had another groundbreaking moment in fashion history Sunday night, dazzling in one-of-a-kind vintage number by the late designer Norman Norell. The First Lady picked up the black-lace overlay dress, which boasted a full tea-length tulle style skirt and a square neckline (something rarely seen in contemporary designs), at New York Vintage boutique, signaling what store owner Jon Schneck believes to be the first time a first lady has worn a vintage dress to a public event, reports The Huffington Post. Obama donned the elegant 1950s piece to the “Christmas in Washington” concert in Washington, D.C., which airs tonight on TNT and is hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. And while the spectacle, which will feature performances by Mariah Carey, Annie Lennox and more, will surely be packed with flare, we’re sure no one sparkled as brightly as Obama, who glammed up her ballerina-like confection with oversized snowflake drop earrings. And if you like what you see, stay tuned for other throwback looks from the First Lady. The The Huffington Post reports that Schneck confirmed that Obama scooped up additional archived pieces from New York Vintage for future appearances. Saying, “We are truly honored that the First Lady has chosen a gown from New York Vintage as her first venture into vintage couture. Other dresses from our archive have been scheduled for use by the first lady later this year.” To see Obama don the dazzling dress, tune in to the holiday special tonight on TNT at 8 p.m./7 p.m. Central. –Justine Harman


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CC on

I’m amazed at the comments I’m reading. If you’re not interested in the first ladies fashion sense then why are you reading the article? Since it’s the holiday season and we are all suppose to be practicing goodwill toward men, why don’t we practice the old adage, “If you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all.”Believe it or not, her clothing wardrobe does not come from the President’s salary and is therefore not an expense to taxpayers. She was earning far more than he was before the election and subsequent overwhelming win.

Jen on

I love the trolls complaining about taxpayers paying for their wardrobe. Thank you for exposing your ignorance so the rest of us may laugh. The first couple pay their own way; they even have to pay for the cost of their groceries. Don’t believe me? Nancy Reagan talked of her surprise when she was handed their first grocery bill at the WH. So, please, continue trolling so the rest of those who actually read up on things before opening our mouths may snicker at you.

*gets down off of soapbox*

barbara k on

And do we care what she wears? I don’t give two cents what she and her commie husband do, wear or say.

Lin on

Laura Bush dressed like she was a frumpy old lady…there was nothing age appropriate about what she wore at all!

Tia murphy on

Some of you seem bitter. Need some sugar?

Joan Little on

A vintage store is not the same as a thrift store and it was not portrayed as such. It is a wonderful tribute to her style and fashion sense and I am sure cost nothing to the tax payer. Cannot believe the snarky comments.

Molly W. on

Just to be clear, the first lady’s clothes are paid for with personal funds, not taxpayer money. (Though she might well deduct the cost of certain outfits as business expenses, in which case there is a cost to the taxpayers in that the Obamas are paying slightly lower taxes than they would otherwise.)

Love Them on

Love our President and First Lady. So many jealous haters here. She looks gorgeous and radiant. Too bad you broke haters can’t look like her. Not enough tanning or pumping up the lips will help you. Too bad!!!

Mom1 on

She looks beautiful AND she is buying vintage – fantastic for the environment AND much more inexpensive than some of the items bought by other First Ladies, people. THe negativity oin here is simply out of spite and ignorance. Staying out of the 10’s to 20’s of thousands range price for dresses is fiscally AND morally responsible.

lisamclouth on

Dress-beautiful-but totally wrong with those big hips of hers!It looks horrible on her!

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