Last week, the First Lady became the first White House spouse to wear a vintage garment, choosing a Norman Norell prom dress for the taping of a Christmas television special.
With its ladylike cut (note the high neckline and full tulle skirt) that showcases her toned arms, the black dress has all the hallmarks of an Obama hit. The First Lady borrowed the archive gown from New York Vintage, a vintage emporium known for its mint-condition Chanel, Schiaparelli and Halston wares.
"[This is] truly an historic event, as this may be the first time a First Lady has worn a vintage dress," New York Vintage co-owner Jon Schneck said. "Other dresses from the archive have been scheduled for use by the First Lady later this year. We are truly honoured that the First Lady has chosen a gown from New York Vintage as her first venture into vintage couture."
Norell, an American designer considered to rival the great couturiers of his time, was known for his impeccable construction and classic cuts. Bravo, Michelle, for bringing him to the nations attention, all over again.