Michelle Obama Wears Thom Browne to Inauguration [Updated]


For her daytime outfit, Michelle Obama arrived at St. John's Church in Washington, D.C. wearing a Thom Browne coat and dress, J.Crew shoes, and her bangs (!). The designer told the Times, "It's overwhelming ... It is one of those rare moments in someone's career that you will always remember. There's not a word that can really describe it. It's just amazing." Browne said that he was asked to send an idea to the White House a few months ago, but wasn't told whether Michelle would wear it, adding, "I wanted her to feel good in it and to feel comfortable, strong, feminine and beautiful."

This isn't the first time FLOTUS has worn Browne — she seems to like a gray, short-sleeve dress with a black lace overlay by him, which she repeated at the final presidential debate in October. This ensemble, however, will only be worn once; as the AP writes, "At the end of the Inaugural festivities, the first lady's outfit and accompanying accessories will go to the National Archives."

Yesterday, as President Obama took the oath of office in the Blue Room, Michelle wore a blue dress and sweater by Reed Krakoff, another one of her preferred designers. He told WWD, "It really is a highlight of my career ... What we are most proud of is that she would choose to wear something we created for her in New York, and to have that kind of back and forth."

Click below for a closer look, from every angle, at the outfit.

U.S President Barack Obama (L) takes the oath of office from U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts (R) as first lady Michelle Obama (2nd L) holds the bible and daughter Malia (C) and Sasha looks on in the Blue Room of the White House  January 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden were officially sworn in a day before the ceremonial inaugural swearing-in.
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In the evening, she and the president attended the Inaugural Reception at the National Building Museum, where Michelle brought out a sequined Michael Kors dress, first seen on her in September 2009. For everybody wondering whether she would shop her own closet for the festivities — here's your answer!

U.S. President Barack Obama, with First Lady Michelle Obama, delivers remarks at the Inaugural Reception at the National Building Museum on January 20, 2013 in Washington, D.C. Obama defeated Republican candidate Mitt Romney on Election Day 06 November 2012 to be re-elected for a second term.
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The question remains: What does FLOTUS have planned for tonight? Is it going to be better than her inaugural Inauguration gown? BEGIN SLIDESHOW