While her husband Barack was busy being endorsed as the Democrat's new Presidential candidate last week, Michelle Obama was doing some political backing of her own. She chose to wear a floral dress by young American designer Thakoon for the closing night of the Democrat's Denver convention. It was a serious fashion statement. Thakoon Panichgul was born in Northern Thailand and moved to America when he was eleven. He's one of a group of Asian-American designers, including Alexander Wang and Phillip Lim, who are emerging as a significant fashion force in the States. So by shunning the older American labels more associated with women in politics - Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta - Michelle's surely got the fashion vote covered. No wonder she's being compared to Jackie O.
So that's her fashion. But in a key speech at last week's Convention Michelle also proved she's got what it takes politically to get her husband into the White House. What's the real dynamic of their relationship we wonder? Well read this week's issue for an in-depth analysis of the Obama's marriage by a journalist who has followed the potential First Family for over two years on the campaign trail.