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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KLT on

@Kim – Say the dress cost a $1,000, which I high doubt, having seen similar dresses in vintage shops in NYC, that means that with a US population of 310,930,830, you have paid exactly $0.00000322 for that dress. Would it make you less of a cynic if I personally sent you your $0.00000322? Let me know, I’m happy to.

Laura on

She looks really lovely in that dress and I like that she decided to take a different path.

It is so pathetic how people make a fashion story into a politics story. Grinches.

Tracy R on

Kim, it didn’t cost the taxpayers a thing. Mrs. Obama has plenty of her own money from her successful legal career. Also, I think the term for the store is ‘vintage boutique’ not ‘thrift store’. Big difference. Seriously, now. It’s a gorgeous dress and it’s lovely that we have a First Lady with a keen fashion sense (and I say this as someone who hangs out in dirty jeans 90% of the time).

Katty on

She looks great, and before everyone starts ranting about taxpayer money,she has to buy her own clothes and she can spend as much as she wants.

ris on

she could wear a dress from Target and some of YOU would still complain…give it a rest already!

Elizabeth on

WOW what a stunner of a dress, it is so great to see beautiful vintage fashion showing up lately, I would wear this dress in a heartbeat, I bet there will be knock-offs on the racks by New Years Eve!!!

mommyofthree on

it is nice, is that her mom behind her?

Lisa on

Absolutely gorgeous vintage dress! And for the uneducated people commenting, the woman has her own money from a highly successful career–it didn’t cost the taxpayers a thing.

Ambur on


Shannon on

That dress is beautiful!!! I LOVE it! I want one!!

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