Happy Birthday, Michelle Obama! Now, What Are You Wearing on Monday?

01/17/2013 at 01:00 PM ET

Michelle Obama Inauguration
Courtesy L’Wren Scott; Inset: Cliff Owen/AP

It’s a big week for Michelle Obama: she turns 49 today, joined Twitter this morning and will stand by as her husband is sworn in to his second presidential term on Monday. (And here we thought our weeks were busy …)

Though we’ve been captivated by many of Mrs. O’s past dresses, we’re quite excited to see what she wears for Monday’s Inauguration and parties. According to WWD, the First Lady’s staff reached out to several different designers for samples and ideas — Derek Lam, Marchesa, Michael Kors, Prabal Gurung, Tory Burch, Tracy Reese, Narciso Rodriguez, Naeem Khan, Thakoon and Jason Wu among them.

WWD also asked several designers to create dream dress sketches for the First Lady and her fashion-forward daughters, Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11. Some of our favorites include L’Wren Scott’s belted, lace-topped blue gown (left), Nicole Miller’s stunning strapless red dress, with youthful, complementary blue frocks for the girls (below), Lela Rose’s pretty purple gown and Monique Lhuillier’s seafoam creation.

Michelle Obama Inauguration
Courtesy Nicole Miller

For the 2009 Inauguration, Obama selected a white one-shoulder dress by then-newbie Jason Wu; her stunning style moment instantly put the young designer on the map.

The dress was “a masterpiece,” the First Lady said one year after its debut. “It is simple, it’s elegant, and it comes from this brilliant young mind, someone who is living the American Dream.” No doubt her choice on Monday will be equally as beautiful — and important — as well. Tell us: How do you envision the First Lady looking on Inauguration day? 

–Kate Hogan


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Misty on

I love that red dress and the blue ones for the girls!

ReallyPeople on

Really people. Some of you slay me with you reactionist ridiculousness and inability to think a rational thought. The Obamas while not rolling in ill gained loot the the Romneys were pretty well off before he ever took office. I imagine if she really wanted to she could and has paid for any of her high end looks herself. But guess what? she doesnt have to. And neither do you. Designers are more than likely falling over themselves to clother her and her daughters at ZERO cost to anyone, because the financial benefit to them of having the FLOTUS and daughters wear your clothing is priceless. Your hard earned tax dollars (although if you have time to come on a message board and post hateful comments I have to wonder how hard you are really working…) are not being spent to make her look amazing on a very important day.

Casandra on

Bush did the same thing, so why the problem now. At least he cut down from 10 or 12 to maybe 2 or 3. If it had been what’s his name no one would be saying anything about world hunger or paying taxes. This is what’s done when a new president come in if you don’t like it go to one of the other countries you all are alwys talking about. TEAM PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shawna on

kiss my. .toe must be tied up in Klan sheets to be so upset about our President and First Lady. It doesn’t matter how upset, disrespectful etc these comments are, the facts are not going to change, President and Mrs. Obama will still be living in the White House, get a grip and GET OVER IT!!!

Ally on

Lighten up people, this is an article about fashion. I’ve seen more velvet on red carpets lately. I think a nice, deep blue or navy velvet gown would look great on the first lady.

Mopps2010 on

I can’t believe all of the posters complaining that their tax dollars pay for this. Your tax dollars are used in many ways but you choose to complain about this. I f you ACTUALLY took time to think about it, this little inauguration will generate a lot of revenue for local businesses, salaries for those who would not have been working,advertising for network coverage, etc. etc. etc. I f it cost each of you, maybe a penny in actual tax money, I’m guessing you can deal with it. EVERY president since the beginning of time has had this. And this isn’t the first time in history things haven’t been great. Spending money makes money and I for one hope more is spent that what is donated for this inauguration.But I expect most will be covered by donations from US wealthier Americans.

YouAreIgnorantFools on

The Inauguration, including this gown, is paid for with privately raised funds, other than the cost of security. It also generates millions of dollars for travel, lodging, food, and souvenir buying. It would nice if people did even a basic Google search for facts before running off at the mouth.

cal on



Pam on

I loved the comments made by ReallyPeople and Casandra; so true. According to the comments, aren’t there alot of smart people living in the United States? NOT

ms jackson on

Every president that has been re-elected has had a second inauguration. In good and bad economic times. Other presidents have taken vacation, so what is the problem?

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