December 9th, 2008
04:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Inauguration Day fashion

Obama will reportedly be wearing a tuxedo from suburban Illinois-designer Hart Schaffner Marx.
Obama will reportedly be wearing a tuxedo from suburban Illinois-designer Hart Schaffner Marx.

(CNN) – The presidential inauguration party tops the list of formal affairs next January, and President-elect Barack Obama is rumored to be preparing for his big event: He’s believed to have ordered a simple and classic black tuxedo by the union-friendly suburban Illinois-designer Hart Schaffner Marx, a stylist to which the president-elect is said to be faithful, according to the Los Angeles Times.

But most likely all eyes will be on the future first lady’s outfit. So, what will Michelle Obama wear on her husband’s big day?

Women’s Wear Daily is featuring sketches by high-profile designers on its Web site of possible Inauguration Day outfits for Mrs. Obama and among the contenders are simple and classic designer Nicole Miller, the elegant and timeless Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, and the funky and youthful California-based fashionista Betsey Johnson.

And the Obama girls were not forgotten. The Web site features drawings of potential outfits for Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, from dressy skirted coats to children’s gowns.

Mrs. Obama, who is often compared to former first lady and style icon Jackie Kennedy, took some heat for her election night attire as she donned an attention-grabbing red and black Narciso Rodriguez shift dress.
The future first lady has said she often sports modestly priced labels like J.Crew and Donna Rico, and favors local Chicago designer Maria Pinto. But Inauguration Day could call for a pricier piece, and fashion’s elite are prepared. Whatever the future first lady decides for Inauguration Day, the fashion world will surely be watching.

soundoff (324 Responses)
  1. jj

    It amazes me that people are so bitter and mean spirited. I am not a fan of Michelle's wardrobe, but, I don't understand why people have to call her names and say such mean things. This is the first lady and you people need to get over it. This is why you lost the election and you will continue to lose with this kind of attitude.

    December 9, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. JT from Missouri

    From reading these negative comments, I have to say, my thoughts about this are about ready to explode. So here we go. First of all Michelle can wear WHATEVER she wants. Next, all of you people here that have nothing better to do than to post negative comments about one another, are just what like a child would do when he or she has a hissy fit. Moving on, we need to just put aside our differences NOW!. This is the last thing America needs. To get out of this mess, YOU GUYS NEED TO GET OVER YOUR SWEET SELVES, and really put our country first by getting behind each other, so we can unite under one flag. The United States of America was founded on uniting principles. Remember this, and everyone will start to see America move forward. God Bless America.

    December 9, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  3. Wren

    I can't wait for Inauguration Day. The First Family will look gorgeous no matter what they wear. They're good people!!!

    December 9, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. Phoenix

    It's amazing how President Bush had a dinner where the plates were $15,000 a pop with thousands of dollars worth of shrimp left over and NO ONE complained. Lets not forget that this economy has been in recession for at least a year, but we behaved like typical Americans and pretended as if a problem did not exist, therefore somehow it does not. Now, Obama is being told to scale his special day down. Get out. You know what, God hates hate. It's ugly.

    People hate Michelle because she's educated and beautiful. It's called true jealousy. Oh, and by the way, note how Obama and Michelle are in their 40s, but look 30. Oh, hate away, hate away...

    December 9, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  5. tisha

    I keep seeing comments from people that the economy is to bad for the inaguration, and that people were so critical of Palin and the issues with the wardrobe, and that there were jobs lost so there should be no party. I don't understand ,the issue with Palin and her the cost of her wardrobe isn't relative to what the first family will be wearing for the inaguration. America has been through tough times before that hasn't stopped any other inaguration so why is it different for Barack he ran a great campaign, history was made and most of the World is ready for this change so leave the haterade alone and let them enjoy there inaguration parties they most certainly deserve it.

    December 9, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  6. Caligirl

    @Jackie in Dallis –

    You are right. I have heard that the First Lady doesn't need to spend money on clothes as fashion designers are happy to give her their products to wear. It's a fantastic marketing strategy.

    December 9, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  7. Caligirl

    To everyone on this blog that is crying about the potential price tag of the Obama Family's wardrobe; well here's a news flash: The first family never pays for their clothing, designers give them close for free. It's a fantastic marketing strategy.

    December 9, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  8. Nola

    No wonder this country is going down – we have a country full of haters- they should start using my old saying "If you cannot say something good about someone then don't say any thing." Some of you people need to following the rule

    December 9, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  9. Rick Roberts

    Let us all get off the black/white thing. I am a 70 year old white male who spent 9 years in the Navy. Quite frankly, I'm color blind. He will be our President, and Commander -and – Chief. He is entitled to respect. He is not our BLACK President, he is our PRESIDENT. For those southern states that want to leave the union, I have one thought. Great, that will be one or two less states we have to bail out. I remember Quebec thinking of becoming an Independent country. What they also wanted was that the rest of Canada to print their money and give them Canadian contracts because they were under priviledged. That's like killing your mother and father and pleading to the court that you are an orphan. I am PROUD to be an American and NOW even prouder that we have picked a President on his abilities as opposed to his color.

    December 9, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  10. once upon a horse

    @ shocking.....

    I think you've got that wrong. When somebody says something hateful and negative about the Obama family, it's only hateful and negative UNLESS they decide to add racism to the mix and then it's racial. The people here that say negative things as well about the Palins, Bush, Rove and other righties are just voicing negative opinions of them. But I do think that the ones on the right can dish it out a whole lot better than they can take it.

    December 9, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    republicans are cock roaches

    December 9, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  12. Fashion sensible

    Let's hope she chooses something better than that glammed up maid's outfit she wore on Election Night...what a horror THAT was!

    Let's hope she chooses a solid color, like cobalt, or emerald, or ruby. She's got the perfect skin to wear jewel tones.

    Just please, Michelle, NO MORE MAID OUTFITS!

    December 9, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  13. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Sure, we will be watching....these dresses end up in presidential museums.

    I liked Mrs. Obama's black and red dress. Why should she look dowdy? She is a beautiful, tall, graceful woman.

    She should wear whatever she wishes. It is not up to me or anyone else to even criticize.

    December 9, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  14. bibi

    Obama and Michelle buy their own clothes. The RNcC buys Palin's clothes. That is the difference.

    December 9, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  15. Caligirl

    @ Cindy -

    December 9th, 2008 4:05 pm ET

    Hey Maggie SC – can you write in english? since you're obviously not an American keep your remarks to yourself.

    Typical selfish American!!! People like you are the very reason the rest of the world dislike us so much. As an American I welcome anybody to comment on our President and the first family; after all whoever we elect does affect the entire world.

    December 9, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  16. Karl Rove

    A tuxedo designed by a man named Marx. Interesting. Well, better red than unfashionable.

    December 9, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  17. laurie

    Whatever PE Obama and the new First Lady wear will be just fine. They always look good and so do their children.

    Why some of you have to drag Palin into this is beyond me. She can disappear into obscurity forever. Her day in the limelight is over.

    For the first time in eight years I can actually listen to the next President and his wife and understand what they are saying. The comparison to Jackie O is appropriate in that both she and Michelle Obama are intelligent, well educated women. So is Laura Bush. Palin, good grief! She is less educated and speaks worse than GW. I am happy to have an intelligent, well-spoken PE. Maybe the world will quit laughing at us.

    December 9, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  18. Zaga

    why people keep saying Obama is not Black or African American? they keep saying he is white 50% arabic 25-43% black 5-15%, hear this Obama is a BLACK MAN, black mix with anthing thing become black, #2 Mama American, Papa African, That is African-American to the truest sense of the word. #3 arabic is not a race, just like America is not a country we are a nation, a nation of people from different country and different race, and language, that is why we the pledge we say one Nation under GOD, and if we are to remain strong we must respect and embrace our uniqueness.

    December 9, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  19. Democratic Vet

    To all of those people who are sadly mistaken to say Michelle Obama is fat...you are WRONG. Those who don't like the Obamas will say anything to console themselves after the presidential upset. You are ignorant and small minded. #2 The taxpayers do not pay for the presidents and 1st lady's wardrobe. #3 The tux and dress is for the inagural ball. #4 Regardless of race this is our 1st couple GET OVER IT. All the infighting between Americans make us appear weak. We need to UNITE to be a better America.

    December 9, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  20. Juan Grain

    I will be wearing underwear by Fruit of the Loom, or whatever else I grab first in my drawer!

    December 9, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  21. chris @ stl

    Those of you who are worried about the cost of designer clothes, you need not worry. It is NOT going to come from our tax dollars or from the DNC funds. It has to come from either Obama's pockets or the designers can donate but PE will have to declare the cost. There is a limitation on the amount that he can accept as donation.

    Obama sure can use the money he collected for inauguration from general public, like me. But, I doubt he will use this option.

    My bet is that he will pay from his pocket!

    December 9, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  22. Angel

    Congrats Obama....I pray that God will give you the wisdom you need to lead the U.S.A, God bless America

    December 9, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  23. dave

    It is a nice outfit!

    December 9, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  24. Soccer Nana

    JJ, you and your "professional" black friends need to get real and come out of your "wannabe" world. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the way Michelle Obama dresses herself nor her daughters.

    She has a beautiful figure. She is not ashamed of her body parts, and most of all HER husband loves her for who and what she is from the inside out.

    December 9, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
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