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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DeeK on

Give me a break, people… the President DOES get a salary and if the First Lady wants to buy a dang dress, so be it. She looks lovely. She has a good heart and is a strong role model. Regardless of your politics, this is our First Family. Show some respect or maybe follow some “vintage” advice: If you don’t have something nice to day, don’t say anything at all.

Samantha on

Even though that is a gorgeous dress, this isn’t “history”.

jones on

I think it is annoying that people slam her for wearing expensive clothes. Laura Bush wore Oscar De La Renta dresses when she was first lady when the economy was in trouble. Did those people complain then as well? Both the Bushes and the Obamas have their own wealth, so they can spend it on clothes if they see fit.

jenna on

the dress is very pretty. i don’t really like the earings with it, but i get that she was trying to be festive.

Toni on

The First Lady looks stunning as always. To all you haters out there, I bet you will go to chuch on Sunday morning and ask God for his blessing. Don’t waste your time, God is not listening.

ladyred on

The dress is stunning! The earrings…not so much! They are way too big and gaudy. The makeup is brilliant. Here, less should be more! The eyebrows arched too highly. Beautiful arms! Is she wearing hosiery as a good First Lady should? Just wondering because her legs appear to be bare!
I wish that I had the money spent on this ensemble. It would pay lots of bills.

Terri on

not to be rude, but please stop blaming get for “using taxpayer money” to buy a vintage dress. i can almost guarantee 100% that most of her clothes are give to her for free. having the first lady wear your company’s apparel is great advertisement for the business.

goplove on

And this would be why I stopped my “People magazine subscription. Obama this and Obama that. Blah blah blah. Excuse me but was Laura Bush not a lovely elegant first lady with style and class? She had more class in her pinky then this woman has in her whole body. Next thing you know she will not only be telling us what to eat but how to dress too.

MaggieMay on

I love that dress, and it suits her perfectly. Please stop making this a political thing; I’m a hardcore Libertarian and dislike this president’s policies, but this isn’t the venue to bash those policies. The First Lady is stunning.

Wwatkins on

When is she going to start dressing like THE FIRST LADY!!!

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