These are 44 of some of the most significant of those fashion moments.For her appearance at a rally in June 2008, Michelle wore a look that exemplified her signature style from this period.
By contrast, Michelle's choice was less fussy, more innocent, and much like the fresh new era she represented.Michelle wore a deep purple sleeveless sheath by Narciso Rodriguez to the president's first State of the Union address.Her dress looked unsurprisingly like something she would wear — because in fact, she already had, to Arlington National Cemetery in January that year — but more important, because she had established that the sleeveless sheath is a look she prefers."It expresses her youthfulness and athleticism, two of the traits that, traditionally, have symbolized the 'American Woman.'" On stage, Michelle gave a powerful speech (that Melania Trump was later accused of plagiarizing), where she invoked her upbringing and the faith she had in her husband's campaign. The "lava lamp dress" was "hell-covered," some said — and the black cardigan by Azzedine Alaïa didn't help, many thought."And as I tuck that little girl and her little sister into bed at night, I think about how one day, they'll have families of their own," she said of her children. And, in fact, every piece of her outfit, except for the shoes (Jimmy Choo), were from J. It elicited a strong, almost violent public response, but the dress — one that Narciso Rodriguez modified from a look shown in his spring 2009 collection — proved that Michelle was willing and ready to take fashion risks.