Graeme Black on First Lady fashion

06 March 2009

It seems like there's a lot to consider when dressing First Ladies. Just look at the Sleevegate saga ensconcing Michelle Obama right now. She's been fighting off criticism from the US fashion pack for wearing out-of-season and inappropriate-for-the-current-climate bare arms. So praise be for Sarah Brown, who, when visiting the White House for the first time last week, was the epitome of diplomatic chic. For her meeting with Michelle Obama, she wore a black ensemble by little-known American designer Britt Lintner, whose London based boutique delivers beautifully cut workwear clothes for 'powerful high-flying women', and then for her visit to Congress, she changed into a tartan-look dress by one of her favourite designers, and British creative extraordinaire, Graeme Black. ‘Sarah was very conscious of supporting British designers, and the dress she chose from the collection is made entirely of Scottish fabric,' he explained. But it wasn't just taken straight from the catwalk (see below left). ‘It's completely different dressing models down a runway to a real woman. The dress she chose for the trip was originally a sleeveless shift, but to make her feel more comfortable we sat down, talked it over and decided to add some sleeves in the same fabric.' Hmmm, a nod to the Sleevegate scandal perhaps?



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