Michelle Obama FLOTUS Style Retrospective: The GOWNS

Posted on January 19, 2017

We’re trying our best to let these retrospectives speak for themselves as a way of giving Shelley the final word on her style, but it’s hard not to contextualize things. For instance, when you scroll through this sampling of some of her best and most notable gowns, it becomes really striking how closely she stuck to very specific style points over the past eight years. Rich colors, metallics, one-shoulder or strapless as the most common necklines, virtually no sleeves to speak of, finished off with heavy, declarative jewelry. The end result was almost always highly dramatic. If she faltered a bit in her day style over the years, she routinely nailed it when it was time for her to get her DIVA on. Jackie was the most classically chic First Lady of the last 100 years and Nancy was the most glamorous. But Michelle Obama managed to beat them both on both fronts: chic AND glamorous, at a level no one had seen before from a First Lady.

That’s right. We said it.


November 2009, Naeem Khan


December 2009, Azzedine Alaïa


May 2010, Prabal Gurung


May 2010, Peter Soronen


September 2010, Michael Kors


December 2010, Naeem Khan


January 2011, Alexander McQueen


May 2011, Halston


May 2011, Tom Ford


May 2011, Ralph Lauren


June 2011, Reed Krakoff


June 2011, Naeem Khan


October 2011, Doo Ri


December 2011, Vera Wang


January 2012, J. Mendel


June 2012, Michael Kors


December 2012, Michael Kors


December 2012, Naeem Khan


January 2013, Jason Wu


February 2014, Carolina Herrera


May 2014, Marchesa


September 2014, Bibhu Mohapatra


September 2015, Vera Wang


March 2016, Jason Wu


May 2016, Givenchy

October 2016, Atelier Versace



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