Michelle Obama chooses Jason Wu again

8:45 PM, Jan 21, 2013   |    comments
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By Olivia Barker, USA TODAY

Designer Jason Wu just got doubly famous.

The man behind Michelle Obama's bridal-esque inaugural confection from four years ago returned to the White House inaugural stage - this time in ravishing red.

It was the first time a designer had scored a one-two punch since Nancy Reagan and James Galanos graced the balls in the 1980s. Some fashion watchers expressed surprise that the first lady didn't opt to pluck another unknown designer from obscurity and put them on the fashion map.

Baring her famous biceps, Obama chose a shimmery sleek tomato gown with a keyhole neckline and plunging back. Her hair, straight for the swearing-in ceremony, was feathered slightly to the side. On her left wrist, a stack of sparkling bangles.

It was a modern departure from the frilly white one-shouldered gown she wore during the first inaugural.

"Some may dispute the quality of our president, but nobody disputes the quality of our first lady," President Obama said by way of introducing his "date."

For the hours preceding the reveal, all of Twitter was asking, "Where is it?" After what seemed like an interminable drum roll of speeches and introductions at the Commander-in-Chief's Ball, the main event - the first lady - waltzed out to wild applause and fashion history.



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