Michelle Obama convention speech dress dazzles, scores
September 5th, 2012
03:24 AM ET
2 years ago

Michelle Obama convention speech dress dazzles, scores

(CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama walked onto the stage of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night fully aware of the task at hand.

It was her job to paint her husband - the president - as a family man and as a leader with a vision for the country.

She passed with flying colors - pink and grey to be exact.

Watch Michelle Obama's full speech here.

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Twitter reported more than 28,000 tweets per minute during Obama’s prime time speech, nearly double that of Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s.

And many of them focused on what she had on.

Obama lit up the arena in a luminescent rosy pink dress with grey floral detailing. Perhaps the most physically fit of all the first ladies, she showed off her toned arms and shoulders in the sleeveless cut frock, with just a sliver of her back through a small key hole. The full knee-length skirt had an easy element of movement as she approached the podium.

The first lady turned to African-American designer Tracy Reese for the night’s dress.

"I am so honored that first lady Michelle Obama chose to wear Tracy Reese for her speech at the Democratic National Convention," the designer told CNN National Correspondent Alina Cho. "As always, she looked stunning and spoke so eloquently. I was incredibly moved!"

Obama has worn Tracy Reese on numerous occasions, including the Easter Egg Roll and her photo shoot with People Magazine.

Tweeters swooned.

“Michelle Obama is the epitome of grace & wisdom. Her speech was utterly inspiring...so was her dress, perfect skin and arms. #2012DNC,” tweeted Lauren Molina of New York.

“#Salute @MichelleObama just came out and smashed the game! Love the outfit, dress, pumps, hair, makeup! Classy and beautiful!” said WNBA player Swin Cash.

And Comedy Central’s indecision feed joked: “That sound you hear is all the reporters scrambling for adjectives to describe Michelle Obama's dress.”

Reese too took to Twitter to respond to the compliments.

“Thanks everyone for sharing this amazing moment! We are all so grateful and honored to have dressed Mrs. Obama for such a momentous speech!!!” she wrote.

Obama complemented Reese’s art with a pair of $245 rhubarb suede pumps from J. Crew, which she reportedly bought herself.

The outfit subtly reflected the Democratic Party’s support of the middle class. Most dresses on Tracy Reese’s website run between $250 and $450.

That’s a stark contrast to the Oscar de la Renta dress Ann Romney wore when addressing the Republican National convention, which reportedly cost $1,900.

Obama’s fashion sense has long made her somewhat of an icon.

A leaf print dress she wore from White House Black Market on The View, sold out from all its locations within 48 hours of her TV appearance.

In 2009, the Council of Fashion Designers of America honored Obama with the special style award, which she now shares with the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

"She (the first lady) always surprises with her fashion choices,” Kate Betts, author of “Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style,” told CNN’s John King last year.

“She writes her own rules when it comes to fashion and I think that's what keeps us riveted by her fashion and keeps us paying attention to her."

CNN’s Alina Cho contributed to this report.

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soundoff (115 Responses)
  1. Derp

    Really? ....A dress? This article is about a dress? Seriously, who cares what she had on. Or who made it and how much it costs. Who follows and pays attention to this crap? How about prioritizing and focus on what she said. Sorry Editor. Her outfit shouldn't be a topic unless you want to bring up how we are currently 16 TRILLION dollars in debt.

    September 5, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  2. Julia Z

    Of all the things Michelle Obama accomplished last night you have to pick her dress to add to the top of your list of stories? The woman is smart, articulate and passionate about her husband and by the way, gave a great speech.

    September 5, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  3. Colleen

    Loved Michelle Obama's dress, she looked awesome!! But to be fair, since everyone is always saying how out of touch the Romneys are, Mrs. Obama wore an extremely expensive jacket to meet the queen this past summer and Mrs. Romney, although still pricey to many of us, kept her budget much smaller. I just like to see all the facts.

    September 5, 2012 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  4. Mamaboats

    She looked beautiful....and her speech was very well done....she represents our country so well and shows that we have women of intelligence and beauty combined...well done Michelle

    September 5, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  5. Shared_gum

    This is an offensive article. Her dress wasn't the point. Is this CNN or E channel? Her speech was amazing, but talking about these extras and using reality-tv culture is what brought us to where we are today. And this is on CNN's front page. Great job, First Lady, on your amazing speech!

    September 5, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  6. Ben

    Really???? That's what CNN got out of her speech? Her dress, color and tone of her skin? Typical.

    September 5, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  7. "When you walk through the door of opportunity, you do not close it, you reach behind you and help someone else" Michelle O!

    Yep, she looked great, and this flamboyant gent noticed her nails matched the color in the hem of her dress.

    Excellent attention to details, Mrs. O!

    September 5, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  8. Lokka

    Inspiring by any account. Michelle, please tell the preident to "lead" in our energy policy based on scoence, and not based on anti-everything woodstocks. Please.

    September 5, 2012 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  9. DP SMH

    Michelle Obama looked absolutely stunning last night!!! Represent the essense of herself inside and outside with her amazing and fantansic dress. She very beautiful, down earth woman, where her job is make other around her happy. Keep of the great First Lady Michelle Obama, we do solely admire your driven ambition, your passion for putting family first and your care of other familie around America. Thank you!!!

    September 5, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  10. korkea aika

    Michelle is a classy lady, with brains, a committed mom and her politics are on the right side of history. So what does that tell you about a man would who loves a woman like that?

    September 5, 2012 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  11. macbil

    She was great. Knocked it out of the park!!!!!

    September 5, 2012 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  12. Ann

    Does the pettiness never end? Its a dress! Very pretty one made for her by the designer. So you feel it's important to point to the "stark contrast"? Ann Romney wore a more expensive dress. Did either of them actually pay for their frocks? This is really tiresome.

    September 5, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  13. Jean

    How many hungry kids could her dress feed?

    September 5, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  14. Earl

    Seriously? This is newsworthy? What, are we voting for Prom King and Queen?

    September 5, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  15. Elizabeth Kim

    Mrs. Obama is awesome!

    September 5, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  16. Jenny

    Where is the article on the President's clothes? Or the Vice President's?

    September 5, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  17. Jack Schmidt

    "The outfit subtly reflected the Democratic Party’s support of the middle class. Most dresses on Tracy Reese’s website run between $250 and $450." And this article subtly reflected CNN's biased reporting. Notice how the price of the dress Mrs. Obama wore wasn't quoted, just what "most dresses" by that designer go for? Yet Mrs. Romney's dress was called out very specifically for its price. Double standard, yet again.

    And FYI whether it's $250 or $1900, your average "middle class" woman isn't going to have a dress that expensive. Neither will they have the $245 pumps the article mentions Mrs. Obama wore.

    September 5, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  18. Erin

    I'm in the middle class. Or at least, I thought I was. But with my modest under 300k home, my family income just over 100k, and three kids... it's a rare day that I consider a dress over $200 "middle class". Even for a special event. Especially when paired with shoes that cost over $100. But to each his own.

    September 5, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  19. lavaughn

    she did a beautiful job giving her speech. Michelle is such a graceful woman. lover her to death!!!

    September 5, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  20. gopdina

    OMG. The media would never run an article on the attractiveness of any conservative politician's wife's garment. The article instead would scrutinize its high cost in light of bad economic times. This is a JOKE.

    September 5, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  21. Bill

    Wow. I didn't realize that this was the Oscars. Does what dress the wives wear really matter? Just because Michelle Obama wears a cheaper dress doesn't make her poor. Wake up, people!

    September 5, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  22. Gh

    Do we really care what she is wearing? The country is going under and yet the people is this country are obsessed with he dress of FLOTUS.
    Are these the people who are voting for this president ?

    September 5, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  23. Seam

    What dress would the middle class connect with? A $1900 designer dress worn by Mrs. Romney or a $250-$400 dress worn by Mrs. Obama? Powerful statement by the first lady. She obviously gets it.

    September 5, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  24. Joan

    Are you serious- after that amazing speech, your headline is about her dress. Apparently we have not come a long way, baby.

    September 5, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  25. PuzzledInPeoria

    She was gorgeous last night. But even better, she's a brilliant woman and great mom.

    September 5, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
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