All the Details on Malia and Sasha Obama's Naeem Khan Gowns for Their First State Dinner

03/11/2016 at 12:43 PM ET

Prom dress shopping is going to have a hard time living up to this. For their elegant appearance at their first state dinner, Malia and Sasha Obama took their seats among famous Canadians including the Prime Minister and his wife, Lorne Michaels, Ryan Reynolds (with wife Blake Lively, of course) and a (surprisingly silver fox-y) Mike Myers. And they weren’t wearing any old thing from the backs of their closets. Each girl wore a striking embroidered Naeem Khan gown, worth nearly $20,000 apiece.

Malia Obama Sasha Obama State DinnerREX/Shutterstock

It’s a lovely parallel to their equally stylish mother, who also wore an embellished Naeem Khan for her first state dinner in 2009. (Like many of Mrs. Obama’s dresses on official occasions, it had meaning specific to the event; Khan immigrated from India as a teen, and the White House was welcoming Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.) She has also worn Naeem Khan in more casual settings, including during a visit to Brazil.

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This time, the guiding principle seemed to be “princess moment,” as both girls selected super-romantic gowns from the designer’s recent collections. Malia, 17, chose a simple, sophisticated blush gown with a sweetheart neckline and allover crystal beading, which once retailed on Moda Operandi for $17,990. Sasha, 14, went for something a little bolder, deciding on a beaded lace and appliqué ballgown in shades of cranberry, turquoise, black and beige; it formerly sold for $19,990.

Obama girls gownsCourtesy Moda Operandi


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The girls have developed their style over their eight years in the White House, transitioning from cute kids’ clothes to on-trend, cool but low-key picks from American Apparel, Topshop and Modcloth. Of course, like any teen sisters, they share clothes (including this cute denim Alice + Olivia dress). And, of course, like their famously fit mom, they love a good sleeveless dress.

Do you love the gowns?

— Alex Apatoff

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petra on

Utterly gorgeous!

Guest on

so who pays for these dresses or do designers freely give them ?

PacificGirl818 on

Beautiful young ladies. More of this and less Kardashian/Jenner please. It’s hard to believe Malia and Kylie are even the same age. What a major difference. Team Obama girls!

Jay on

Designers have long loaned or donated gowns to famous celebrities in exchange for the publicity and marketing power they pack when they choose to wear their clothes. Naeem Khan struck marketing gold when both White House daughters chose gowns by the same designer.

Patti on

Classy young ladies. It makes a change from the Krapashian clan.

Susan on

What a refreshing change. Great to see the Obama girls rather than the Kardashians. So classy!

Ally1 on

Beautiful gowns for equally beautiful young ladies! Style and class.

Jane on


What??? on

I especially like Malia’s gown.
And to Guest, the American taxpayer does NOT pay for the gowns. Either the Obama’s pay for them or the designer donates them.

dlraetz on

Laughing at the girl’s expressions. Can you say–over it

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