Michelle Obama’s Best Fashion Moments As First Lady

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama was the first African-American First Lady of the United States. She is a lawyer, writer, mother, and wife of President Barack Obama. In 2010 she launched the ‘Let’s Move!’ initiative to address the challenge of childhood obesity. Then in 2011 the first lady and the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, launched ‘Joining Forces’ which worked to ensure that service members, veterans, and their families had the means necessary to succeed in life. Two additional initiatives that Michelle Obama started were ‘Reach Higher Initiative,’ an effort to inspire young people to complete higher education, and ‘Let Girls Learn,’ a U.S. Government initiative to assist girls globally to attend and stay in school.

Through all of her hard work and incredible initiatives, one thing the former lady never lacked was her sense of style. Always the epitome of class and elegance, Michelle Obama represented the White House with the utmost sophistication. Here are her most glamorous looks from her time as the first lady.

2009 Pennsylvania Avenue Inaugural Parade

As the crowds lined Pennsylvania Avenue to witness a historic moment of the first African-American President and First Lady walking the 56th Inaugural Parade on January 20, 2009, Michelle Obama lit up the day with her elegant dress and coat by Cuban-American designer Isabel Toledo. The color of this Isabel Toledo dress and coat, per the designer, are ‘lemongrass’ as she hoped it would “evoke the idea of rebirth and renewal.” The First Lady’s ensemble was made of satin-backed wool guipure, which is a type of lace used in French haute couture. She added gorgeous green gloves to finish her look perfectly.

2009 Inaugural Neighborhood Ball

As President Barack Obama and his wife, the new First Lady Michelle Obama, proudly entered the Neighborhood Ball on January 20, 2009, more than 5,000 men and women in uniform cheered. The first lady wore a stunning white silk Jason Wu gown. She floated into the inaugural ball wearing this one-shoulder Swarovski crystal embellished dress with delicate flower detail.

2009 The Presidential Palace in Senegal

On June 27, 2013, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrived for an official dinner at the Presidential Palace in Dakar, Senegal. The first lady wore a beautiful Naeem Khan paisley print organza gown. This gown was previously worn by Michelle Obama at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in 2012. Though, cap sleeves were added to the originally strapless gown for this occasion.

2009 Governors Ball at The White House

Governors and their spouses gathered at the White House for the Governors' Ball hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle on February 22, 2009. The first lady brought glamour to the event in a deep purple strapless sequin gown by Peter Soronen. And she made a statement by adding a multi-strand pearl and rhinestone necklace. Mrs. Obama’s hair was tousled up in an elegant chignon.

2011 Arrival of President of China

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama awaited the arrival of President Hu Jintao of China at the North Portico of the White House for the State Dinner on Jan. 19, 2011. The first lady wore a spectacular red draped gown by British designer Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. This silk organza gown had a petal print originally featuring short sleeves, though Mrs. Obama had the designed altered to have an off-the-shoulder look. The full skirt was tucked throughout to give the dress a modern look.

2011 Reciprocal Dinner at Winfield House in London

First Lady wore an elegant dress by Ralph Lauren for the Return State Dinner at Winfield House in London on May 25, 2011, where she and her husband President Barack Obama hosted Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. She stunned in an off-the-shoulder gown by the American designer which featured a draped waist and crepe skirt.

2012 Women of Courage Awards

On International Women’s Day, First Lady Michelle Obama honored ten international women of courage. There Michelle Obama gave a brilliant speech where she praised then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by saying, “She has been an inspiration to women and girls around the world.”

She then went on to say, “We as a nation benefit from every girl whose potential is fulfilled, from every woman whose talent is tapped. We benefit as a nation.” While giving her speech, Mrs. Obama was pure elegance in a silver sheath dress adorned with a diamond wreath pin.

2013 Inauguration Swearing-In Ceremony

When President Barack Obama was sworn into a second term on January 21, 2013, his wife, Michelle Obama, stood right by his side, like she always does. She stunned with a new hairstyle where she added a sleek fringe. And the first lady wore an incredibly elegant Thom Browne navy jacquard-print coat and dress, paired with a J.Crew belt, a Cathy Waterman necklace, and Reed Krakoff boots. She also added a splash of color with fabulous fuschia gloves.

2014 State Dinner for President of France

During a State Dinner for President Francois Hollande of France on February 11, 2014, First Lady Michelle Obama wore a dramatic Carolina Herrera ball gown with a lace overlay top and voluminous skirt. The top of the dress had a black hand-sewn beaded lace applique over a blue silk faille corset. And the black velvet belt added a dramatic touch that broke-up the top from the silk faille inverted pleat skirt.

2015 Reception for Prime Minister of Japan

On April 28, 2015, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a reception for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan and First Lady Akie Abe on the Truman Balcony of the White House. The first lady honored Japan by wearing a stunning purple gown by Japanese designer Tadashi Shoji. She looked glamorous and gorgeous in the tulle column gown which featured a lace bodice.

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