Fashion & Beauty

Michelle Obama’s ‘Marigold Love’ at the State of the Union

PJ-BZ551_FASHIO_P_20150114142856Michelle Obama on election night in 2008 in a Narciso Rodriguez dress. (CSPAN)

Yes, on the evening of the State of the Union address, there were more important things to discuss than the dress the First Lady wore. But 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.

In an article for Women’s Voices, “Michelle Obama: Committed to Women’s Work,” Emily Bernard wrote:

Americans admire and adore Michelle Obama; we delight in her seeming authenticity and accessibility. The creators of the blog “Mrs. O” mull over the fashion choices of the first lady as if they were neighbors peering over a fence. Like so many other people, I myself enjoy imagining that I somehow know the “real” Michelle Obama, particularly after I published, with Deborah Willis, Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs in 2009. The more photographs of Mrs. Obama that we examined, the more available to her public she appeared to be. Today, it seems as if Mrs. Obama is everywhere, even our living rooms.

What has been clear for the past seven years is that the First Lady’s fashion choices are usually more than just about fashion. This year and this choice are no different. In fact, shunning a typical neutral wintry color palette for marigold in the middle of winter may perhaps symbolize the hope and optimism the First Lady shares for our nation’s future.

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  • pattiejohndon January 17, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    I too will miss the Obama’s when they leave office but they will always be apart of my family. It saddens me because people don’t understand that God is In control and to see how they have been so ugly and rude to the President and his family . I believe President Obama has done a great job and the people will realize this after he has left office then you will see he was not for African Americans only he was for all the people . a great President and First Family . The girls are just beautiful .

  • Karen cox January 15, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    What a wonderful roll model, in every way. Although fashion is the very least of her positive contributions, she has made it so much fun! I will miss her and her husband “par excellence “, the beautiful first daughters and, of course, the dogs. Thank you, Obama family.

  • Leilani Schumacher January 15, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    I have always admired the First Lady’s fashion Style – modern classic and never shyed from fabulous color!