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

Inauguration Day fashion

[cnn-photo-caption image="" caption="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. Mike in Dallas

    It warms my heart to see all of the fake Christians, neo-cons, and other right-wing haters getting so upset. The United States of America may just survive after all. Hopefully the new administration can change the direction of this country. After 8 years of empty headed cronies running the country it is surprising that we even survived.

    To all of the right-wingers out there: enjoy the ride or wallow in your hatred, it's your choice and it matters not to us Americans.

    December 9, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. Scott NYC Independent


    In case you were ignorant to the fact – the inauguration party is funded by donations. I made one and if my money were spent to aid other people I'd be upset because that is not what I donated it for. When I donate to charity I expect the money to help those that need that charity when I donate to a inauguration party I expect to be entertained in style. When you spend your money you want to get what you paid for and so do I.

    December 9, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. Angel

    Ruth wrote:

    I certainly hope someone dresses Michelle, she needs it.
    Maybe Oprah can loan her a dress. That would be a good idea:
    Send Oprah to Africa as a political advocate, and then we wouldn't have to see her ugly mug on the tv anymore.

    The way Michelle dress is just fine with her. She is not living for you or anyone else, period. Black people have always known how to dress properly so don't get me started. You have problem with black folks and that is all. At least she needs no botax, breast job, lipsuction etc. She is all natural and that is something that you wish you had because without botox etc. at 25 the likes of you look like hell.

    December 9, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. doggs

    The way things are going Obama might have to wear a prison outfit.

    December 9, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. Greg

    What, no black widow dress this time?

    December 9, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. Mari





    December 9, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. Mari

    I see that the FAR-RIGHT-HATERS are blogging today!

    And you call yourselves Christian????????? Disgusting!

    December 9, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. Mike, Syracuse NY

    PS, just because some of us think Michelle could pick up her dress code a notch or two doesn't make us haters, bigots, racists, right wing, left wing, Dems, Reps, Independents, or cannibals. It means we are Americans who last I knew had the freedom to express our opinions. Hey Hillary came to town dressed as a bumpkin, and she got over it. So no, whatever she wears is not OK. The First Lady represents the US, and should look the part, not like a Kmart ad. Perhaps someone could also explain how it's different to accept a donated designer dress(as Michelle will probably do) than it is to accept clothes bought by denotions to the RNC (as Palin did).

    December 9, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. Jan

    the hate comments on here are mild compared to the savaging Palin took on the outfit for Trig and the rest of her lovely family. Have a dose of your own mean medicine, Obama supporters. None of us give a rats behind what they wear for inauguration–we are busy wearing hand-me downs and trying to pay our bills while waiiting for his tax increases.

    December 9, 2008 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. Gene

    Amazing.. the president can't even have a inauguration without someone screaming where's the change? A president and his family can't even wear appropriate clothing for the inauguration without someone screaming where's the change?

    You people sicken me... you have no lives, and no concept of reality.

    What's the inauguration of the new president supposed to look like? Should they all be tossing back a few beers, wearing potato sacks at a local dive bar on $1 draft night? You people who are complaining about them throwing a party and dressing nice for are retarded... I'm surprised you can find the "on" button on your computer. Then again, Forrest Gump had his talents too.

    December 9, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  11. Marlene


    They would have found it don't hold your breath!!! I know that's what most you "haters" want...but it ain't gonna happen if it hasn't happened already...

    I'm LOL at you haters!!!!

    December 9, 2008 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  12. Bankrupt Hu$$ein Obama

    So, RNC spends $150k on some rags for Palin and the media goes insane. Three CEOs spend less than $100k on private jet flights to DC and the media goes insane. The annointed one allows his people to throw a multi-million dollar party on the taxpayers' dime and not a peep from the media. Oh, say there is no cost to the taxpayer. Yeah right? We're paying for the secondary expenses. Oh, say it is being paid for by private donors? Well, what kind of influence and access are they getting for that money.

    Thousands of people are losing jobs and the Democrats, Liberals, media co-conspirators and fellow travelers are spending millions to throw a party! Disgusting!

    December 9, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. MD

    The hate on this blog is incredible. What has Michelle Obama ever done to any of you to deserve the cruel comments about her stunning figure. Oh, I know, she isn't anglo enough for you all. That's why so many are upset with the comparisons to Jackie O.

    Well just for the record, there are all kinds of beauty in this world and they don't all involve blonde hair, blue eyes and flat butts. She is fabulous and like it or not, she will be the First Lady of the United States of America come January 20th.

    She is fabulous in her own right and needs not be compared to Jackie O or any other First Lady. She is unique and original and the FIRST OF HER KIND...

    December 9, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  14. Darla

    @ Erik....

    Looks do not make a person....some of the other first ladies were not beauty queens....I guess being "black" makes Michelle ugly to you!!!

    December 9, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. Angel

    Joe Fattal wrote:

    I hate to say it but it's going to take a hell of an outfit to make Michelle Obama look good. She going to have to start on that face than make her way down.

    Michelle is gorgeous and does not need any help in looking good. She has a hubby that truly loves her so that tell s me everything I need to know about her. As for your comments, when one is used to botox, plastic surgery, breast implants, liposuction etc., I can understand how you would have a problem with Michelle's look. Unlike some, black women will not starve themselves, take laxitives, count their lettuces and drink water all day to look like a stick but I understand some of you like that little boyish figure (ah!!)

    December 9, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. Scott Smith

    How much did his outfit cost? Who paid for it?

    December 9, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  17. Baze

    I hope Michelle has been jogging the last couple of weeks.

    December 9, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  18. No Incumbents 2010

    I hope that's a smoker's jacket.

    December 9, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. Robin

    And this is important why????

    December 9, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  20. PL

    Bob your a idiot, maybe instead of borrowing one of Oprah's dresses she could borrow one of yours. You know the one's you dress up in after your wife leave for work. You republican idiots are such haters.

    December 9, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  21. Tunstall

    Ladies, Ladies, it isn't what the First Lady wears that these ignorant women are crying about, it is because she is "A BLACK WOMAN" iF Obama had married a white woman his whole campaign would have been a breeze. Now that answers your question as to why so much hate. We got a long way to go. They don't have the nerve to say what is bothering so many, many stupid racists. Please don't compare Mr. & Mrs. Obama to that stupid backward uneducated Palin again.

    December 9, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Democrats are HYPOCRITES! Before Geo W Bush's inauguration they said that since we were in a mild recession that he should pare back the spending on his inauguaration. Lo and behold the "Messiah" is having the most "grand" and costly inauguration of all time! Hmmmm....some "change"!!! Oh I is such a historic moment that a "black" man is being inaugurated! Too bad the majority of his racial heritage it "causcasian" (check the facts....he is 50% caucasian...43% arabic and 7% african)!!!

    December 9, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  23. shocking

    When someone says something negative about Obama or his his wife it is hateful and racist
    When an entire blog is filled with nothing but pure vile for Bush, Palin, Rove...even Palin's children than it ok, right?

    Some people really need to be little bit more intraspective

    December 9, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  24. Patrish

    The posters are more interesting then the actual subject matter. Your attitudes speak louder than your words. If some of you are as bitter, rude and arrogant in real life as you posts suggest, how sad. And for you who are make a polite post, or convey a pleasant thought, congratulations, you come across as having good social skills. Now, was there this much fuss about the Bush’s family inauguration clothes and who was paying for what? I think not.

    December 9, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  25. Matt

    @ Anonymous

    You can cite those percentages all you want, but the fact remains that you and the rest of the racists out there live in a black & white world.

    December 9, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
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