December 9th, 2008
04:10 PM ET
6 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. Richard

    WOW Americans black or white, you put this man in office, and now we all have to live with it. No one paid attention to his affliation with a church for 16 years that preached hatred against whites, and government. His ties with Rezko and now the governor of Illinois.
    The birth certificate was never released, his middle name never concerned anyone. His wife giving a speech during the campaign that said she was finally proud to be an American. All I can say is WOW where were your heads. Now all people can talk about is what Michelle Obama is going to wear over her big behind. I guess it's the same mentality that made Oprah so popular. Talk about dumb and dumber.

    December 9, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. Pat in IL

    The Obamas will truly look wonderful in anything they choose to wear. I hope they have a very magical night at the inauguration balls.

    December 9, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. Beverly, NYC

    Wow such bitterness over a dress. I would sure I logged on to a Wjite supremist site by accident. It's going to be a long 4 yrs for some of you haters. Whatever is spent on the families clothing is fine by me, I would even donate if asked, because I know whey will be responsible with my money. Unlike the $180,000 spent on a certain governor.

    anonymous in Big D: Bitter much, or did the cleaners lose your favorite sheet and matching hood?

    December 9, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  4. fefe

    Ah dear anonymousinbigd( First of all i do agree ain't no comparison because y your precious jackie is dead Mrs. first lady Michelle is hear and she is not out of shape you people don't know nothing about the shapes of AA women, we rock and skinny white girls don't so how about that one.

    December 9, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. J.P.

    How funny! The picture with this story says it all: "empty suit!"

    December 9, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. Larry Craig

    Maggie said;
    research the presidental terms of the Clinton Administration, the Carter administratio and see for your self that all the mess we have now is derived from all the poor mismanagament and cover ups our current President Bush inherited.

    ------------------------------–

    You are absolutely in an alternate universe. Now.. speaking of reading, try reading someone OTHER than something written by O'reilly, Hannity, Ingram, or Colter. YOU should try reading something with actual CREDIBILITY.

    December 9, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  7. Southern Girl

    Maggie SC,

    PLEASE go back to school and get a suitable education so that you can learn to properly spell BEFORE you post in public forum. How embarrasing...

    December 9, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. fefe

    also to joannw65 jackie o was'nt all that she looked funnt to me too. And jfk looked way better then jackie o she was not cute at all, and joanne65 i bet you're not cute either

    December 9, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  9. Karen

    To all of you delightful people who are so nasty and/or concerned about Michelle Obama figure, clothes and cost Please include the link to your website showing your hot bod, excellent taste and also last year's W2. So we can confirm the perfection of your body and ability to pay your way in this world. Get a life your nasty petty people who are contributing nothing to improving this country and are only interested in degrading women no matter how good or hardworking they are.

    December 9, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. Jo-Ann

    I JUST DON' T UNDERSTAND ALL THE HATE TOWARDS THE OBAMAS....

    WHY HAVEN'T I HEARD THE SAME CRITICISM IN ALL THE OTHER PRESIDENTIAL ELECTS & THEIR FAMILIYS?

    I WAITING ON THE ANSWER...OOPS I KNOW WHY....CAUSE YOU PEOPLE JUST CAN'T STAND THE IDEA THAT A BLACK/WHITE INTELLIGENT MAN AND WOMAN WILL BE THE FIRST FAMILY COME JANUARY...

    WELL IT SEEMS YOU PEOPLE HAVE TO GET OVER YOURSELVES CAUSE IT AIN'T NOTHING YOU HATERS CAN DO ABOUT IT!!!

    THE OBAMAS HAVE MORE INTELLIGENCE THEN MOST OF YOU HATERS WILL EVER HAVE....

    WHAT DO HATERS DO ...THEY HATE....WHAT A SHAME A BLACK MAN JUST CAN'T GET A BREAK IN AMERICA!!!!

    December 9, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW

    I LOVE IT THE EMPTY SUIT LOOKS JUST LIKE OBAMA.

    NOW MICHELE OBAMA GOOD LUCK HOW ABOUT A FULL MASK!!!!!!!

    December 9, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. Ernie

    Michelle should try Oprah's diet since it works so well for her. lol

    December 9, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. Daniel

    President 0044

    December 9, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  14. nate

    Lets review: WE won. YOU lost. Now sit down and be quiet. We will let you know when you matter again...

    December 9, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. Godluvr

    To White Female:

    In case you were referring to me: Please read first, then pray for understanding before you speak! As a loyal 'P-E. Obama' supporter, I hope you are not inferring that I in some way was disrespecting my First Lady to-be, by commenting on the 'ODLR' dress that was portrayed on this CNN site!

    Making a comment about a 'designer's dress' doesn't equate to being negative to the First Lady TB, Michelle Obama! I love her, and know that whatever she wears will stand out because she's wearing it. But, I did not like that particular dress, and said so! She's not wearing the dress; it's a drawing (sketch)! Please stop trying to be overly loyal! If you truly had understanding, you would have understood my comment! Also, please keep further opinions to yourself, until you get some understanding! Thank you.

    December 9, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. Martha Hussein Baker for Barack

    Our President elect will look fabulous in anything he wears. The man doesn't take a bad picture either. Can't wait to see what Mrs. Obama choses – she's sure to set the fashion standard for the next eight years!

    God bless the new first family!

    December 9, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. Puzzled

    Has anyone noticed how freely the liberal intelligentsia ( a true oxymoron) throw the word "hate" around. They have a well thought out position (what?). Conservatives, on the other hand, "hate," because they do not worship at the altar of mindless liberalism.

    December 9, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. New Yorker

    Wow, he even found a designer named "Marx" that he's faithful to. What a coincidence.

    December 9, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. Puzzled

    "Hate" seems to be liberals favorite word.

    December 9, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. Bob

    If Obama does not present proof of being a native-born American he can use the tux to scrub floors. Our Constitution requires the President to be a Native-Born American. So far, the only evidence presented are statements by his grandmother and sister stating he was born in Kenya. And – he has not refuted these statement either. Ask youself – what is he hiding?

    December 9, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. Mike, Syracuse NY

    This 'who pays for it' argument is pointless. There is a fixed amount of taxpayer money that is set aside for any inauguration. Most probably pays for security. Since we will have the entire nation's leadership in the same place at the same time, I'd rather not have Al Queda take it all out at once. Anything over the fixed amount, like all the balls, is paid for by the President-elect and his party in the form of donations. Regarding dresses, it's reasonable for Americans to want their First Lady to not dress like she's trying to pick up sailors in a bar. It's not a choice between making a personal statement or being dignified; you can do both. Just lose that Halloween dress!

    December 9, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. dbad12008

    This family could wear over-alls and rubber boots and they would still be the coolest first family ever ----- January 20, 2009 -- A NEW BEGINING --- Everybody say YEAH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 9, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. pam Eugene OR

    From the sound of most of these posts people don't read the comments or the article before adding their own nonsence.
    How many times do you people need to be told that :
    The ball is in indoor event
    There is no need for a coat
    Yhe Obama's are paying for their own cloths
    Palins' clothes were bought with tax payers money
    Designers drawings always depict very thin elongated women
    I can't believe the outright hate in some of these comments. Maggie is SC you are probably the worst. Not only are you downright mean and hateful you can't even spell. Your words sound like they are coming from an eighth grade drop out!
    You folks need to get over it. The Republicans lost the election fair and square. I hope your hate makes you as unhappy as you sound.
    God Bless the PE and his beautiful family. I can't wait for them to grace our White House.

    December 9, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. Scott NYC Independent

    There is one oher thing President Obama has that no other president had except maybe Clinton. Style!

    December 9, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. Hello Haters

    Bitterness. We have looked at Laura's "good looking" self for 8 years and we all kept our comments about the odd look she has. We endured 4 years of Barbara and she was hyped up on testerone. I won't even touch Nancy. Michelle is a lovely woman. I know some of you may not be familiar with what she has, so I will educate you. She is a FINE black woman. She is very well-built and she will look good in anything she wears. She is elegant, gracious, and intelligent. I seriously doubt she cares what any of you hateful people have to say because at the end of the day she is still the FIRST LADY! Bye Haters!

    December 9, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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