Jason Wu topped Michelle Obama’s preferences again. The first lady chose the same designer as four years ago for the dress she wore at the Inaugural Ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Monday, USA Today reported.
If the first time Michelle Obama wore a bridal-esque inaugural design, this time she returned to the White House showcasing a ravishing red gown. This is the first time a designer gets to sign the outfit for two inaugural events ever since Nancy Reagan wore James Galanos in the 1980s.
The full outfit consisted of a shimmery ruby-colored gown, made of chiffon and velvet, with a keyhole neckline, belted waist and plunging back, sparkling bangles on her left wrist, a diamond Kimberly McDonald ring and Jimmy Choo red satin pumps.
Laura Bush was the last first lady to have worn a red dress to an inaugural ball. She did so for her husband’s first term when she appeared in a Michael Faircloth design.
After what seemed like an endless stream of speeches and introductions, it was finally time for our curiosity to be satisfied. President Obama introduced his wife with the words: “Some may dispute the quality of our president, but nobody disputes the quality of our first lady.”
The first lady was met with enthusiastic applause both live at the event as well as online, where famous reporters and celebrities reacted to the gown almost instantly. The dress was deemed “stunning” and “superb”. InStyle editor Ariel Foxman considered the design “elegant and eye-catching”, and Kate Betts, author of Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style, wrote: “I like it — sleek and still romantic, and powerful!”
Ever since his introduction to the top of the fashion world four years ago, Wu had his 2012 collection available at Target sold out in a matter of hours and dressed celebrities for red carpet events, from Diane Kruger to Reese Witherspoon to Zoe Saldana. After the first lady made her appearance for the inaugural ball, Wu’s website crashed due to heavy traffic.