Monday, December 22, 2008

Inauguration Style

While the world prepares to see President Elect Barack Obama sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, the fashion world is scrambling to figure out what the new first lady Michelle Obama will wear? Last week, Women's Wear Daily featured sketches by Isaac Mizrahi, Carolina Herrera, Karl Lagerfeld and even the whimsical Betsey Johnson.

Many designers would be honored for the first lady to wear their gown to the Inauguration. Every dress worn by a first lady is now in the National Museum of American History. Mrs. Obama has been known for her own sense of style with the practicality of modest price points. She's tall and commands attention with her self-assured nature.

This past summer the dress she wore in her appearance on ABC's, The View, was sold out immediately. The $148 printed dress was sold by retailer White House/Black Market. They were caught off guard when requests for the dress far outnumbered the stock levels.

As we wait for the inauguration, retailers and designers are anticipating the same excitement over what she will wear. Throughout history, the First Lady represents her era. As one strolls through the National Museum of American History, it's clear that the clothing represents the time. From cinched waistlines, to busseled skirts, lace and texture, fashion is always significant and relevant in its own way.

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