Proving once again that she’s way ahead of her recent predecessors in the fashion stakes (there’s a reason Laura Bush hasn’t made it onto Grazia Daily before) Michelle Obama’s style evolution entered a new phase in the last few days when she opted to wear a beautiful black lace, 1950s Norman Norell gown for a ‘Christmas In Washington’ TV special.
Norman Norell is considered to have been one of the foremost American fashion designers of the 20th century, and could count former First Lady and style icon Jackie O as a fan during his lifetime, seen here on tour in a simple, blue linen Norell shift dress.
Well known for his elegant silhouettes, Norell’s signature look was a floor length, sequin embellished mermaid style gown, a perfect example of which is this gold dress worn by Kristin Davis at the London premiere of SATC2 this year.
The Norell gown worn by Michelle was sourced from New York Vintage, the legendary vintage store which boasts a huge range or hand picked vintage pieces and fans including Rachel Zoe, the Olsens and Lady Gaga. Co-owner Jon Schneck tells the Huffington Post that Michelle’s decision to wear vintage is ‘truly an historic event, as this may be the first time a First Lady has worn a vintage dress’. He also reveals that Michelle has more plans to wear vintage pieces, saying ‘Other dresses from the archive have been scheduled for use by the First Lady later this year.’ Oooh.
- Alex Butt