Is André Leon Talley Responsible for Michelle Obama’s Jason Wu Dress?

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Michelle Obama wore a dress by young designer Jason Wu on The Barbara Walters Special last week, and Wu is hoping the exposure will help launch him into the big leagues. The L.A. Times reported last month that Michelle — who's been seen in everything from H&M to Moschino to Narciso Rodriguez — got to know Wu's work through Vogue editor-at-large André Leon Talley and purchased four dresses from his spring 2009 collection. The Wall Street Journal reports the $3,510 raw-silk dress Michelle wore on Barbara Walters last week was special-ordered from the Ikram boutique in Chicago at the end of September (Wu noted Michelle purchased the dress). An ex–Narciso Rodriguez intern, Wu said the handiwork on the dress took more than 100 hours to complete.

What interests us is that Michelle must have watched September's spring 2009 collections awfully carefully if she's plucking looks fresh off the runways and wearing them before they hit stores. Either that or she has a style adviser to comb through them for her, which might be more plausible considering how busy she must be nowadays. Though in August he denied that he had ever styled her, could André be helping her after all?

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