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. Should go well with..........

    Oprah's moo moo dress. Now that Oprah tips the scales at 200+ lbs.,
    she'll be wearing tent dresses which should go well with Obama's outfit.

    December 9, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. Ian Rennie

    "Your hard earned tax dollars at work. "

    Where? My tax dollars didn't buy these outfits.

    December 9, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. Kurt C.

    Marguerite, you are a very naive person if you think all of these inauguration costs are covered by the Obamas.

    And even if they were, why aren't they helping people out in this really bad economic time.

    And to the person who wanted to know party affiliation, well, I'm an independent. But, what does it matter? The statement I made still stands. The liberals have a huge issue with the cost when it is Bush, but think it is OK for the Obamas to waste money and not help people out.

    Hypocrisy. The main support of the liberals' agenda.

    December 9, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. Chris

    Other than the election night dress, Michelle Obama and her daughters always look great. Whatever she selects will be appropriate and a good way! With the money that's being thrown around for bailouts and such, I hope they spend a ton of money on this inauguration! This country deserves a HUGE party that week! And for those that complain, don't watch it and don't go!

    December 9, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. Ruth

    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.

    December 9, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. janet, ohio

    You people making comments about Michelle's weight are really the scum of the earth. You are probably fat and ugly yourself and jealous of her looks. I am obese myself but I don't have to comment on other women's appearances to make myself feel better. Really, get some self-esteem somewhere. I did not support Obama and never will, but Michelle is beautiful. Grow the hell up.

    December 9, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    December 9, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Sherrol in Canada

    @Something to Think About.........

    Thank you for that bit of trivia, I had never heard of it before. Things that make you go hhmmmmmm!

    December 9, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. Dressing For History

    I just hope she remembers she is dressing for history, and her dress will be in the Smithsonian Institute. She won't get a second chance so she should pick anybody else but the guy who did her election dress. That was awful. That print dress was the print from hell.

    December 9, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. obama-mama

    Lol, I love Hi Haters.........Bye haters.....Love it.

    December 9, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  11. right source

    I love a sharp dressed man.

    December 9, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  12. KJL

    I bet Michelle Obama is a lot less worried about her dress than the media is. However, tall ladies like her need to choose their shoes carefully, or most men won't stand anywhere near them!

    December 9, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Larry Craig, since when is criticism of a butt ugly dress considered hate? Try moderating your own comments, your hypocrasy is showing.

    December 9, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  14. Apples for sale

    Suits are a sign of evil.

    December 9, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. Harvey in Tampa


    There won't be a peep on costs, donations,sizes, colors, etc. Only Palin gets grilled on that stuff, not the Obamas...

    December 9, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. Realist

    Racist this, racist that. Get over yourselves. I don't care if you are white, black, yellow, or red. We are all Americans and thats all that matters.

    December 9, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. Ryan from New Mexico

    a Tux for Inauguration DAY???

    ewwww, Obama continues to just bringing down the eloquence of the Presidency every DAY!!!!!!!!!

    December 9, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. scott

    With the state of the ecomony, and millions out of work, does Washington really need all this hoopala. Does not look good for balls and parties, when common people are sleeping on street.
    Whats wrong with a quiet swearing in cermony. and a little get together.
    Sounds to me like it is more spend spend spend for the Goverment.

    December 9, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. Steph

    The only thing black and white Obama will be wearing is a jail suit, along with his corruption cronies Gov of Illinois and Rezko, along with others.....Let the fun begin before Obama takes office, if he actually takes office before they find something else invalid, like his birth certificate. ..this whole thing is going to be fun to watch.....Obama stumbling on his words today how he never talked to the Governor, but David Axelrod said two weeks ago that Obama has talked to the Governor about his Senate seat replacement. Let the lies begin!!!!

    December 9, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. Tania

    Smithsonian InstiTUTION!

    December 9, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. HA HA

    Good.....the Obama haters are still bitter.....I love it!!

    December 9, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. paul (staunch Moderate)

    I really LIKED the red and black "number" she wore for the acceptance appearance...

    And I hope (perhaps against hope) she and Barack will continue to show fiscal restraint in the coming months and years.

    December 9, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. bettyo00000

    Hehehehehehe... it is alright for mo wear expensive clothes, but Palin was roasted for the RNC furnishing her a wardrobe, and she did not even ask for it. Are you hypocrites or what?

    December 9, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. Matt

    ooooooo kaaaaay...and they're going to pay thousands for what looks to be a black tux with a black bowtie? Screw that...gimme a call Obama, we can hit up Joseph A Bank or Men's Warehouse and save you a ton of money and nobody will be the wiser because we're all morons anyway.

    December 9, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. Joanne65

    Please how can anyone compare her to Jackie O in the same breath. Jackie must be spinning in her grave. Let's get real people

    December 9, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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