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. Kate

    – Michelle .. please do not wear anything black/dark .. kids too.

    – Please ... something that has sleeves would be nice after all it'll be cold ...

    – and something that doesn't accentuate your back side .. might want to learn some of JLOs styles .. a bit flowy back side.

    Looking forward! .. and all you race-sensitives .. yes i'm black.

    December 9, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. Q

    for those who are griping and moaning about the cost....

    I'm sure the cost for their dresses will NOT be paid by the inaugural committee. Just like their clothes were NOT bought with campaign dollars.

    I bet you can't say the same about Mrs. Moose-hunter!

    December 9, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. Nice Girl

    ALLEN – are you disappointed the new first lady is not anorexic looking like the Victoria Secret Models?

    December 9, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. white female

    This is to the people on this blog with hate in their heart, Erick, Frank, Godlurr, and all others, your names and blogs are being watch and recorded, so please go take a deep breath, and a good laxaitive to get all the hate out.
    MRS. Obama is and will be our First Lady, she is someone's Daughter, she is a Mother, and noone should be talk about in the mean way you talk about her. let get a grap here show some RESPECT, HOW WOULD YOU LIKE SOMEONE TO TALK ABOUT YOUR WIFE, DAUGHTER, OR mOTHER. yOU people just prove what was said about some of america you'll can be so mean and hateful.
    Obama/Biden 2009-2016
    Get over it.

    December 9, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. Abyssinian Lion

    The 1st fam will be beautiful! A few disturbing post out here-
    The clothes will be donated by a designer or paid for by the Obama Fam ($900 inexpensive Tuxedo).
    There is no comparison to Palin using $180K in campaign funds and ALL other candidates (McCain,Biden and Obama) paying for their own clothes.
    Obama has scaled back the Inaguration to $9 Million as opposed to Bush spending $40 million in 2004.
    Please rthink your hatred- it is easy to see.

    December 9, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. Chelle

    December 9th, 2008 11:52 am ET

    non deplume wrote:

    Wow, didn't realize that Michelle Obama was that thin!

    Didn't realize your brain was that thin! GET OVER IT

    December 9, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. xyz

    The designs are good. But the designer forgot that it is cold winter. He/She designed dresses are good for Hot Summer. Not Winter.

    December 9, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. waxwing069

    Michelle looks beautiful in anything she wore/wears.. And the girls are just as beautiful.

    December 9, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. FL for Obama

    Frank – get a lfie. If Cindy McCain were going to be first lady (which she's not...thank GOD), she'd be spending way more than Michelle. Heck, just Sarah's duds as VP candidate would feed a village! Cindy would have cost us much more in prescription meds...

    December 9, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. A Woman In California For Obama

    It will be too cold for sleeveless attire. These are awful designs anyway.

    December 9, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. John

    So sorry, Allen, but you are a pig.

    December 9, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Nice Girl

    This is so HARD for "certain people" to accept.

    December 9, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. RLE

    tony and unfair is fair and others. the Obamas are paying for their own wradrobes unlike Palin in which the GOP had to pay for her over the top shopping spree; get a clue and a life

    December 9, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. Ron

    What heat did she generate i don't remember any "heat"?

    that dress is pretty but i hopes she has a nice coat to wear!

    December 9, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. HA HA

    FRANK – get over the slavery mentality you sound very STUPID!!

    December 9, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. white female

    Thank you (Jackie in Dallas) for the note. we all need to start educating ourselves before firing of into the air about this fine Family, OUR NEXT FIRST FAMILY WILL BE A GREAT ROLE MODEL FOR THE WORLD. Please evryone stop the hating.
    We need some peace in this world, you will not be able to take not one penny with you to your graves, let's learn from this Family how to leave something here for the future, for our children and grand children to learn and leave to thier children.
    This is History, it's a done deal, there is no turning back, he is our next prez get over the hate, I am so looking forward to this man changing things for the betterment of this country. I love it I get goose bumps every time I hear him speak, it so nice I just can't wait to see his beauitful wife , and kids in the White House.........Obama/Biden 2009-2016.

    December 9, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Raising Eyebrows

    So it's not OK for the RNC to spend money on staff and clothing for Sarah Palin, but it IS OK to be rolling all over which high profile designer is going to create Michelle Obama's inaugural gown? Definitely not a double standard, at all.

    December 9, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. Rob

    Michelle Obama? For President someday?

    Thanks. That lunch I just threw up isn't any use to me now.

    December 9, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. Soccer Nana

    Listen people, the Obamas PAY FOR THEIR OWN CLOTHES. They have always dressed well; their was no need to rush out to find appropriate clothing for them during the campaign – they had clothes.

    The media frenzy about Palin was that campaign funds were used to purchase clothing for her AND her family. Some of those funds were not private campaign donations.

    If the Obamas choose something "pricey" that is their choice; afterall, they are paying the bill!

    Oh, and one other thing, the ball will be held inside so there want be a need for any coats; they can go sleeveless.

    December 9, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. :Laura

    To Frank – God is helping this country by getting Bush out of there and bringing in someone who can do something to get us out of the mess that Bush got us into. And, I for one, thank God for that every day.

    December 9, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  21. FreeNLovIt

    To WaxWing... it's true.. Michelle looks simple and pretty, but lately, she's really downgrading the attires of a First Lady... she almost appeared as homeless or looking like me – too simple... It'd be nice if she can look nice all the time, wearing suits like Laura Bush.

    December 9, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. PL

    Hey Republicans not only did you not win, your not invited so stop crying. What a hatefull bunch of idiots.

    December 9, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. Rob

    I have no respect for Michelle Obama. All of a sudden, she's proud to be an American? Let her get lost somewhere. I don't care what she's wearing, because of I have no interest in either her or her phony husband.

    I don't hate them. I don't care about them enough to hate them. I can't wait, however, for his term to be over so they can get out of here.

    December 9, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |

    Whatever Michelle and her daughters wear, they will look beautiful.

    December 9, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. FreeNLovIt

    But you know, BLACK is BEAUTIFUL. I worked with a 60-year old Project Manager and she was black and I thought she was 38. There's something special with ebony skin. Meanwhile, I hope she always appears in suits.

    December 9, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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