First lady Michelle Obama made it a fashion tradition Monday night, wearing a custom-made Jason Wu gown to the inauguration balls.
The ruby-colored chiffon and velvet dress was a follow-up to the white gown Wu made for her four years ago when she was new to Washington, the pomp and circumstance, and the fashion press.
She paired the dress with a handmade diamond embellished ring by jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald, and shoes designed by Jimmy Choo. At the end of the inaugural festivities, the first lady's outfit and accompanying accessories will go to the National Archives. An early morning church service today provided a first glimpse at the first lady's Inauguration Day outfit, an all-American coat and dress based on a men's silk tie. First lady Michelle Obama's Inauguration Day outfit is an all-American, high-low, coat-and-dress mix, but it's so cold in Washington you couldn't see the dress under the coat.
Or at least not until the swearing-in was over and she took off the coat for the inaugural lunch with Congress. The first glimpse of her outfit and those of her daughters, Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11, came earlier today at an Inauguration Day church service. For the swearing-in she added a belt to the outside of her coat and changed into midnight blue suede-and-leather knee-high boots.
The White House said the first lady was wearing a navy Thom Browne coat and dress in a reflective fabric and a pattern based on the style of a men's silk tie. Under the coat, she wore a royal blue bolero-style cardigan by Reed Krakoff, over the Browne dress, which appeared to be pale blue or grey, with an A-line panel-pleat skirt.
First lady Michelle Obama's first of three outfits under intense scrutiny this inaugural weekend is as American as Coach leather — a deep blue number by Coach creative director-turned-fashion-designer Reed Krakoff.
Mrs. Obama held her family Bible for her husband's official, legal swearing-in today, as per the Constitution, clad in an almost royal blue dress with a cinched waist and A-line skirt made of what looked like a silky material with a jacquard pattern, topped with a same-color knit bolero-style cardigan with three-quarters-length sleeves.
The White House confirmed it was by Krakoff, whose clothes Obama has worn before during the past four years, via the White House pool reports on the lightning-quick swearing-in in the Blue Room.