Michelle Obama convention speech dress dazzles, scores
September 5th, 2012
03:24 AM ET
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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. simp

    AWESOME!!! Our first lady is simply awesome. She is beautiful, intellengent, classy, humorous and she is a outstanding mom not to mention she is married to the most powerful man on the planet. With all these qualities she appears to be the most humble person ever. I knew she was going to blow us away with her speech, that was a given, however I was looking forward to see how beautiful she was gong to look and she did just that, she looked beautiful.

    Really? ann romney dress cost $1,900 boy she really needs a fashion consultant, that red dress had no class or dynamic, actually I have never seen ann look worth anything.

    September 5, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  2. Jim

    It was nice to finally see her smile

    September 5, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  3. elizabethly

    Her dress? Her makeup? Who are you stupid idiots who look at appearance over substance?! OMG, It is NO wonder our country is in so much trouble! You tweeters are ignorant and so shallow. I can't believe you are a part of america!

    September 5, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  4. Kelly

    I love the dress (and the Obamas) as much as anyone, but when $250 to $450 for a dress is something the Middle Class can afford, let me know. Because I'm Middle Class and no way!

    September 5, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  5. joyousnerd

    It's kind of sad (and telling) that the focus on Michelle Obama's speech seems to be on what she was wearing, not what she said. Until women are viewed as more than pretty decorations, we will never advance as a culture.

    September 5, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  6. Already Been Chewed

    A piece of eye candy to distract us from what her hubby is doing

    September 5, 2012 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  7. Jo

    First off – how many of the tweeters were fake and the fact that thier biggest concern was what she was wearing is frightening. I would have thought she wouldve worn something a little more classy. Seems to me she could dress more professionally as our first lady. When is the last time you saw any other female representing thier nation half dressed. It seems to me our country has bigger issues to be concerned about than what this spend thrift woman is wearing. They speak like they are "one of the middle class" this is bull. They were both priveleged and sent to Ivy League Schools not based on merit but privelege. My middle class children did not have the same opportunity the Obamas had/have and they are honor students. They need to stop pretending they are one of the folks and figure out how to creat jobs and properly govern the country. However, they are too busy going on vacation, playing games and telling us what to feed our families. We dont need more government we need more jobs and an administration of leaders not manipulators and users.

    September 5, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  8. Frankly Speaking..

    Oh wow.. that dress is so amazing! its gonna fix the economy fo shizzle

    September 5, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  9. J. Davis in Knoxville, TN

    I am so proud to be an OBAMA family supporter. I hope the nation saw the stark contrast between our wonderful First Lady and Mrs. Romney (who has probably not worked at a job a day in her life). Michelle's speech was fantastic. I was specially impressed by her expressions of love for President Obama (what a lucky lady to be married to him). Love and family–that is all what it is about in America. Thanks Mrs. Obama!

    September 5, 2012 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  10. Anonymous

    You can't buy class...even when you spend twice as much!

    September 5, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  11. Jimbill

    Forgot to mention her $6,700 jacket she wore during the Olympics or the $400+ desighner tennis shoes she wore at he soup kitchen. No mention of the lavious trip to Spain, 5-star hotels, extra cost to taxpayers for security. Yeah, really in touch with the middle class. OK to slam the Romney's, but not the Obamas. Mr. Obama says "Do as I say not as I do."

    September 5, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  12. mondl

    takes more than a pretty dress to run the country

    September 5, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  13. Bev Varnado

    The dress was very pretty. If it was in the $200-$400 range that was very good. It looks much more expensive. I wasn't impressed with her speech. What is it with her and Obama and the stuttering?

    September 5, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  14. achepotler

    An article on her dress? Jezus, how pathetic, CNN

    September 5, 2012 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  15. Amber

    "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" I would consider myself middle class, and I cannot purchase dresses in this price range! I have no problem with Mrs. Obama doing so, and I don't even care how much she or anyone else spends on their clothes, but statements like this show the ignorance of this author

    September 5, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
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