The First Lady’s Fashions Help Usher Designers Into History

Barack Obama, Michelle ObamaOn Monday, January 21, 2013, President Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term as President of the United States. His inauguration speech focused on a wealth of issues facing the president and the country in the next four years, including climate change.

But in addition to the president’s words, people paid close attention to his wife and confidante, the First Lady Michelle Obama. In particular, many focused on her fashion choices.

First Lady Obama has long been celebrated and scrutinized for her style and taste for designer fashions. While previous First Ladies have had challenges embracing expensive fashions, Michelle Obama has become a style icon. And the Inauguration, during which the eyes of the world are on her and her husband, is a key chance for her to show off.

As she did during President Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, Michelle Obama wore a pair of shoes created by designer Jimmy Choo to the Inaugural Ball. Though somewhat hidden underneath a long, flowing red dress (by designer Jason Wu, who also created her 2009 dress), the fashion world took note of the red pumps created for the first lady by Choo (which looked similar to these).

Michelle Obama’s fashion choices are obviously a huge boon to the designers she champions; the already famous Jimmy Choo had his profile raised again after the First Lady wore his work in 2009, and her wearing of a dress by Jason Wu helped establish the young designer’s career and led to a popular line of clothes at Target. More than that though, the First Lady’s choices allow the designers to become part of history: the inaugural outfit and its various accessories all go into the National Archives. For Jimmy Choo, who was born on the island of Penang in Malaysia and learned to make shoes in his father’s small shop, this is a remarkable achievement.

To learn more about the life and career of Jimmy Choo, check out Profiles in Fashion: Jimmy Choo by Kerrily Sapet (ISBN 978-1-59935-151-3) from your local library, or purchase it from from Morgan Reynolds Publishing. For more about First Lady Michelle Obama, check out Political Profiles: Michelle Obama by Jeff C. Young (ISBN 978-159935-090-5), also available from Morgan Reynolds Publishing.

-Josh Barrer

Associate Editor

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NY Fashion Week 2012

Vera Wang once said, “Women are real works of art, and I try to remember that that’s what makes it worthwhile.” “It” being fashion design.

Thursday ushered in the beginning of New York’s Fashion Week. Loud music, high heels, flashing lights, and the world’s most famous designers’ 2012 collections.

Wang was one of twenty-seven designers to support President Obama at Runway to Win, a campaign fundraising initiative, according to NPR. The event occurred two days before opening day of Fashion Week.

Wang will be introducing her new line this week, along with other big fashion names  such as Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs. The event is scheduled to end on February 16.

Adrianne Loggins
Associate Editor

For information on these designers and other well-known fashion designers, check out the Profiles in Fashion series by Morgan Reynolds. (ISBN 9781599351490)

Also, check out Business Leaders: Ralph Lauren by Myra Weatherly. (ISBN 9781599350844)

Published in: on February 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“By far the best dressing up outfit I ever had was a wonderful pair of clown dungarees, which my Granny made.” –Kate Middleton

Tomorrow, Prince William of Wales and Kate Middleton are getting hitched, and the question on everyone’s mind is: what is Kate going to wear?

Since their engagement, the media world has been abuzz with what’s going on in Britain. Princess Diana is remembered as her son prepares to start a new chapter of his life. Her incredible sense of style is also remembered as talk of Kate’s mystery dress has become a popular topic of conversation.

Kerrily Sapet, author of Morgan Reynolds’s Profiles in Fashion: Jimmy Choo, writes, “As a fashion icon [Diana] wanted to revive the British fashion industry by wearing clothes and accessories created by British designers.”

Following in her footsteps, Kate will most likely be wearing British designs on her big day. Who knows, she may even wear a pair of shoes by Choo to walk down the aisle. (Since Jimmy Choo lives in London, it would count!)

That’s not to say that American designers aren’t just as excited to dream up the perfect dress for the princess-to-be.

According Lisa Petrillo, author of Morgan Reynolds’s Profiles in Fashion: Vera Wang, Wang once said, “For most women, a wedding gown represents far more than just a dress. It is also the embodiment of a dream.”

Like many U.S. designers, Wang has designed what she considers to be a “regal, yet poetic” dream gown for Kate.

Whatever Kate has chosen, we can be sure that it will reflect her character and style.

Isaac Mizrahi, a believer that anyone can be stylish, once said, “One thing that you can do no matter who you are or what you look like: You can actually get passionate instead of remaining cool or instead of trying to look like everybody else. You can—you must– immerse yourself passionately in who you are if you want to have style.”

Kate Middleton has definitely shown the world who she is by the styles she wears. She is classic. She is modern. She is feminine. She’s got the makings of a princess.

Adrianne Loggins
Associate Editor

For more information about some of the world’s leading fashion designers, see Morgan Reynolds’s Profiles in Fashion series (ISBN 978-159935-149-8), a  Booklist Top 10 Series Nonfiction.

Profiles in Fashion: Jimmy Choo by Kerrily Sapet

ISBN: 978-1-59935-151-X

Profiles in Fashion: Vera Wang by Lisa Petrillo

ISBN: 978-1-59935-150-1

Profiles in Fashion: Isaac Mizrahi by Lisa Petrillo

ISBN: 978-1-59935-152-8

Profiles in Fashion: Kate Spade by Margo Freistadt

ISBN: 978-1-59935-154-4

Profiles in Fashion: Marc Jacobs by Leslie Wolf Branscomb

ISBN: 978-1-59935-153-6

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