Michelle’s Victory Dress: She’s Worn It Before

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Four more years of the Obamas! The First Family came onstage tonight in a coordinated mash-up of A-line silhouettes, with Michelle Obama in a maroon Michael Kors dress, black cardigan, and black kitten heels. Both Sasha and Malia wore stylish but age-appropriate knee-length pleated skirts, black tops, and ballet flats; Malia's blue skirt matched Barack's tie. Perhaps most notably, Michelle's dress was not new, but rather one that she's worn several times before. The message? Perhaps there is none — it is a perfectly nice dress, after all. Or maybe she hopes to convey a sense of continuation and consistency. Indeed, as Barack hoarsely delivered his victory speech tonight, it felt like 2008 was a very long time ago.

US President Barack Obama (R) and First Lady Michelle Obama walk into the East Room with Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta of the US Army (C) for a Medal of Honor presentation ceremony for Giunta November 16, 2010 at the White House in Washington, DC. Giunta is the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (R) and First Lady Michelle Obama walk into the East Room with Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta of the US Army (C) for a Medal of Honor presentation ceremony for Giunta November 16, 2010 at the White House in Washington, DC. Giunta is the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) Photo: MANDEL NGAN/2010 AFP

Update: Here's a photo of Michelle in the same Kors dress on November 16, 2010, when she attended a Medal of Honor ceremony for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta. Stylelist reports that she wore it to a holiday event at the White House in 2009 as well. This morning, Kors's PR team sent out a confirmation email saying the designer is "pleased" about the FLOTUS's choice, which must be an understatement.

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