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. Soccer Nana

    I with you Sherrol in Canada.

    December 9, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  2. TonyS

    Where's the outrage over the hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars that will be spent by Obama? I mean, Palin spent $150,000 and she was almost crucified. In these tough economic times, is an Inauguration Gala really the best place to spend my money?

    December 9, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Chris

    How much is it going to cost???? That seems to be an important issues nowadays...

    December 9, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. Yowzer!

    That sketch is hilarious. I'm sorry, Oscar, but there's NO way Michelle's arms are that long!

    December 9, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. sharon

    have a BIG

    December 9, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. aware

    The girls and BO will look fine in whatever they wear but as for Michelle – you can't make a silk purse ...! 🙂

    December 9, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. Tina, FL

    Since this outfit will ultimately be enshrined like all the other First Lady inaugural gowns, why shouldn't she go "all out." It would be ridiculously to expect anything less. Maybe she can sport that $30,000 ring (Drudge propaganda) along with the dress. :O

    December 9, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Virginia

    Try to wear something that doesn't accentuate your huge backside-so far not a single dress I have seen you in has done you much justice style–wise. And I agree with Sherrol in Canada–don't dress your children too old–they are after all, little girls.

    December 9, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. Michael M. Noonan

    Perhaps something blousy at the hips.

    December 9, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  10. AllenH

    Please just something that doesn't look like a black widow spider.

    December 9, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  11. Erick

    Regardless of what she wears on inauguration day , Michelle Obama is as ugly as home made soap and no designer dress is going to fix it. Being as she's built like a man, perhaps she should look into nice suit.

    December 9, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. Frank

    Wow, our economy is in peril and our people are sufferring, some losing the roof over their heads, and our future first lady is thinking of which expensive gown to where! Governor of Illinois was arrested today and don't forget that our President elect goes to Washington with the same set of Chicago Politics rules! God help this country!

    December 9, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  13. Frank

    What's wrong with one of the many potato sack dresses she has been wearing?

    December 9, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |

    This is so exciting, I can hardly wait!

    December 9, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. Godluvr

    Sorry, but I can design better outfits than those! It's the Inaugural Ball; not a church banquet (no disrespect to the Church)! Please tell them "thanks, but no thanks!"

    December 9, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  16. a REAL American

    Who cares?

    December 9, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    This will be 'MICHELLE OBAMA'S DAY" and I will be expecting she and the girls to be fashionable in top designer clothes because me and my family will be wearing designer clothes. MAKE A HOLLYWOOD APEARANCE EVERYBODY.

    December 9, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  18. pauld

    01-20-13 Obama's last day in office.

    December 9, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  19. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    I think Michelle would look nice in the Isaac Mizrahi, the Marc Jacobs yellow, the Royal Blue Michael Kors, The cream Rachel Roy, The off shoulder elie Tahari, The off shoulder Nicole Miller for evening and during the day I like the Badgley Mischka. For the girls I like the Bonnie young sketch.

    BTW I'm actualy one of the few who thought the dress looked nice. it definantly isn't a dress for TV, but on print and actualy seeing the dress in person it was quite beautiful!

    December 9, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. Lauren the Designer

    Fantastic sketch! Her dress looks awesome. I'm sure Michelle and the girls will look beautiful on Inauguration Day.

    December 9, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Sensible Cape Coral FL

    Sherrol – Great advice! It's a great experience for the girls but they are just little GIRLS.

    December 9, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. Sharon Kitchen

    She and their girls will look good in what she picks out........
    She will be a great First Lady.

    December 9, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  23. DIZIZI31

    Really now, does Mrs. Obama need bloggers to tell her what to wear? She's married to the President-Elect of the USA, the 2nd most powerful man in the world. (Bush is still around). Whatever she wears will be fabulous. She hasn't picked a designer and the bloggers are already critical.

    December 9, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  24. Allen

    How about a LARGE bag to fit over her big behind? And I mean big behind.

    December 9, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. Obama Rocks


    December 9, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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