U.S President Barack Obama and his wife First Lady Michelle Obama dance on stage during MTV & ServiceNation: Live From The Youth Inaugural Ball at the Hilton Washington on January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States today, becoming the first African-American to be elected President of the US. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Barack Obama;Michelle Obama (Getty Images)more pics »The news is out: First Lady Michelle Obama chose a white asymmetrical gown by 26-year-old designer Jason Wu for tonight's festivities.
The decision was brilliant. Ms. Obama looks breathtaking in the creation, and she's also bound to get major fashion props for choosing a youthful up-and-comer like Wu, who debuted less than three years ago. Wu's site says of the designer: [Wu] combines modern lifestyle dressing with the spirit and detailing of haute couture in a way that is both innovative and romantically reflective. It's hard not to see Michelle Obama's choice of gown as somehow emblematic of the youthful administration and its championing of diversity and innovation. The comparisons to Jacqueline Kennedy are inevitable, as, like Kennedy, Mrs. Obama's sartorial decisions are consistently reflective of her appreciation for modernity yet intrinsically classic at the same time. The economy may be in the tank, but we certainly have four years of sophistication to look forward to.