Fashion Flashback: The Enduring Style of Michelle Obama

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As the 45th Presidential Inauguration dawns upon America and the world at large, Fashion Reverie looks back at the sophisticated and enduring White House style of First Lady Michelle Obama. From her choice of fashion designers Jason Wu, Carolina Herrera, and Naeem Khan, no other First Lady has brought more diversity in style and fashion to the White House than Michelle Obama.


Michelle Obama in Tom Ford, Atelier Versace, and Brandon Maxwell, respectively.

Jacqueline Onassis has been anointed as the First Lady who without a doubt bought inimitable style, grace and immaculate sophisticated and elegance to the White House. Michelle Obama, though continuing in the tradition of former First Lady Jacqueline Onassis, has redefined the style of the First Lady by bringing an ease and relaxed elegance to the White House. With her youthful vigor and curvy silhouette, no other First Lady has had clothing fit their frame so beautifully and with regal luster. Another accomplishment to take note of is that Michelle Obama is the first First Lady to grace of cover of American Vogue, not once, but on three separate occasions.


Michelle Obama in Carolina Herrera, Givenchy Couture, and Zac Posen, respectively. Images courtesy of

First Lady Michelle Obama became famous for relaxed elegance. Whether hosting a party for children at the White House, appearing on talk shows or hosting events, no First Lady has done it better than Michelle Obama.

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When it comes to State Dinners and Kennedy Center honors, Michelle Obama’s style is in a class by itself. Donning designers as diverse as Atelier Versace, Jason Wu, Zack Posen, and Carolina Herrera to Brandon Maxwell, Naeem Khan, Marchesa, and Tom Ford, Michelle Obama has proved time and time again that White House fashion can be glamorous, as well as relatable.

Michelle Obama in Tracy Reese, Duro Olowu, Jason Wu, and Byron Lars Beauty Mark, respectively.

Michelle Obama in Tracy Reese, Duro Olowu, Jason Wu, and Byron Lars Beauty Mark, respectively. Images courtesy of Getty Images,,, and, respectively.

No other First Lady has incorporated designers of color in their wardrobes more than Michelle Obama. From Bryan Lars, Tracy Reese, Naeem Khan, and Charles Harbison to Duro Olowu, Vera Wang, and Jason Wu, Michelle Obama style reflects the true diversity of the US and the world.

Michelle Khan in Naeem Khan

Michelle Khan in Naeem Khan

Michelle Obama’s inimitable style will be missed. Still, her grace and elegance will live in on in the memory of all we witnessed her grace and elegance. Bravo Michelle!!

—William S. Gooch

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