Doo-Ri Chung won the honor of dressing Michelle Obama for last night's state dinner honoring South Korea. Doo.Ri is not a label regularly worn by the FLOTUS (this may have been the first time Michelle wore Doo.Ri publicly — indeed it was certainly the most visible event she's worn the designer to). Apparently the White House commissioned the dress after seeing Chung's spring collection, she told the Washington Post.
“We were contacted after our spring show,” Chung recalled. The first lady’s office told her that “they really loved the strapless purple gown.” But all parties both knew there were some modifications that needed to happen. “What we showed was a lot more risqué than what the First Lady could wear. Obviously a thigh-high slit would not work.”
Other modifications included adding a waist belt made from crystals and wrapped in chiffon. Chung says she didn't know Michelle wore the dress until the paper called her, and never met the first lady as she was working on the piece, though she was given her measurements.
The dress was a great choice for Michelle, who can't be accused of not taking the opportunity to bring publicity to a burgeoning, young Korean American designer. Her office is surely being much more careful with state dinner attire since she was lambasted for wearing Alexander McQueen to the one honoring China. But the best thing about her dress was not that it was politically correct, but that she looked spectacular and like herself.