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Fashion Friday: Michelle Obama and a Blue Dress With a Story

Repost from @pretareporter – “We are stronger together.” -First Lady #MichelleObama (in @CSiriano) #DemsinPhilly

A photo posted by Christian Siriano (@csiriano) on Jul 25, 2016 at 8:36pm PDT

This past Monday, as she delivered a mesmerizing and powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention, making the case for Hillary Clinton as this country historic next president, First Lady Michelle Obama was making another subtle yet important statement — via a blue dress.

Mrs. Obama donned a simple yet elegant, cobalt crepe silk dress with capped sleeves, a fitted bodice, neat waist, and a full skirt from the waist down that flowed beautifully. The dress is the creation of the young American designer Christian Siriano who was the winner of the fourth season of Project Runway, is a CFDA member, and has a solid place now in New York Fashion Week. This was only the second time that Mrs. Obama wore a design by Siriano. She chose one of his black lace dresses to attend another important event earlier this month — the memorial for the slain Dallas police officers. 

Often, Mrs. Obama’s dresses are not just dresses. They come with a narrative, a symbol of something larger, she is hoping to convey. This little blue dress by Siriano was no different. Reporting on the blue dress, Vanessa Friedman wrote in The New York Times this week:

Throughout her time in the White House, the first lady has made something of a secondary cause out of supporting new, independent American designers, and choosing her clothes not only because she likes them but because their back story has a certain resonance that goes beyond the aesthetic.

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0233483efb2c7aba0ae75672d014a547Michelle Obama at the 2016 State of the Union address in a Narciso Rodriguez dress. (CSPAN)

Earlier this year, at the State of the Union address, the First Lady wore a sleeveless banded-bodice marigold-colored wool crepe midi dress from the Fall 2015 collection by Narciso Rodriguez. Again, the dress was more than a dress. The chosen designer Rodriguez has an incredible story. He is the son of immigrants who fled Cuba to find a better life in the US. Many have surmised that a seemingly simple beautiful marigold dress became a symbol of the future of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba and a powerful statement to combat the country’s vitriolic climate towards immigrants.

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  • Bernadette July 29, 2016 at 7:36 am

    I knew that Michelle favored the simple dress but did not realize that very often their was a back story to the dress. I wish I had know that eight years ago. I would have paid more attention.