Michelle Obama

At Last: The Inauguration Ball Comes Alive. Michelle’s a Vision in White!

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Pictured: Dancing to “At Last”, Flawless Style: Michelle Obama in Jason Wu

The waiting is over. The inaugural gown has been revealed, and I love it! I’m watching the Obamas dance while Beyonce’s sings the classic “At Last.” What a graceful and beautiful moment. The way her long train is twirling as she dances is like an old Ginger Rodgers or Eleanor Powell ballroom dancing scene. Michelle is wearing a white chiffon, one-shoulder gown covered in rosette like appliques and beading by Jason Wu (former Tim Gunn student at Parson’s). The waiting is over, the first lady of style has arrived!

Earlier today, she wore an lace overlaid Isabel Toledo coat and sheath dress. I read that 13 seamstresses worked to make that dress through the month of December and that the coat was lined in Pashmina. While the dress was high-end couture, true to her Recessionista roots, Michelle complimented it with green J. Crew gloves. Nice touch. Once again, she made fashion accessible by wearing pieces that all of us can enjoy.

Pictured: Michelle Obama, wearing an Isabel Toledo dress, and President Barack Obama on Inauguration Day. (AP Photo / January 20, 2009)

Rock on Recessionista!

For more information on Michelle’s inaugural style check Robin Given’s column from The Washington Post. Ms. Given points out that Mrs. Obama has helped both Jason Wu and Isabel Toledo achieve name recognition in a tough economy without spending millions on advertising. What a great gift she gave these two designers.

Newsday.com has a nice write up on Michelle’s inaugural outfits and a poll where you can vote on your opinions of her picks. Click here to vote. I already cast my votes. Its a big thumbs up!


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.


  1. Dallas_Bitchin'Kitchen

    January 22, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    this is one of the most elegant gowns I’ve ever seen.

  2. Hummingirl

    January 25, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Michelle looked spectacular. Not everyone can pull off that color. And if you’re wondering who Isabel Toledo is my friend and co-worker can tell you all about her.

  3. Anonymous

    February 6, 2009 at 3:01 am

    I can appreciate the fact that she wore a very unique dress and that took guts, but while the cut of it on her is amazing, the dress itself was not attractive. I know that everyone’s opinion differs, but it looked to me like the designer was inspired by a sorority girl pillow fight.