Michelle Obama In Jason Wu – Commander-In-Chief’s Inaugural Ball

Michelle Obama In Jason Wu - Public Inaugural Ball

I stayed up until 2am eager to watch history in the making as Michelle Obama revealed her gown to the world at the public Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C. on Monday evening.

I was delighted to see that Mrs O wore Jason Wu again.

After a weekend of muted colours, she dazzled the crowds wearing a custom ruby chiffon and velvet gown which showcased her athletic figure and radiant smooth skin.

While some of you may have been rooting for another designer, I think she made the right choice in wearing a designer she felt comfortable with, whose feminine design aesthetic has flattered her on so many occasions over the past four years.

Kimberly McDonald provided the custom-made jewels and Jimmy Choo provided her heels – I’m guessing they are kitten heels.

The only question I have is, “where was Chris de Burgh?”

If ever there was a moment to sing ‘Lady in Red’, this was it.

Jason’s simple reply on twitter was #Inshock!!!

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55 Responses to Michelle Obama In Jason Wu – Commander-In-Chief’s Inaugural Ball

  1. Sim January 23, 2013 at 02:13 #

    She looked AMAZING omg. We all gasped when she stepped out. And she and her family are so beautiful, and she seems so lovely inside and out. I was so pleased!

  2. ddukes January 22, 2013 at 18:36 #

    I am always wishing she or her handlers would show more restraint. Fashion victim is what always comes to mind.

  3. robbie January 22, 2013 at 17:59 #

    personally i think the dress looks cheap, also not loving the hair.

  4. DivaDebbi (Beauty and Fashion Blog) January 22, 2013 at 16:17 #

    I adore this! The Flotus looked head to toe gorgeous. I did not care for the first Inauguaral gown. As I wrote on my blog today, I don’t think there was any fashion politics involved. Out of respect and friendship, of course JW would be asked to submit a gown. Ultimately she chose what she loved and looked best in. End of story.

    The Thom Brown daytime ensemble was spectacular too and in this moment she gave another huge boost to a lesser known designer.

    The whole First Family looked glorious yesterday and did us proud!

  5. Neli January 22, 2013 at 15:41 #


  6. Juliana January 22, 2013 at 15:27 #

    She looked beautiful, although I can’t stop picturing the white dress from the first inauguration and the blue royal dress by Vera Wang!

  7. Moxie January 22, 2013 at 14:55 #

    FC, if you ever make it to Washington DC you should go to the Smithsonian’s American History Museum, where they have a whole section on First Lady Inaugural Gowns. They have several of the most recent ones on display, plus pieces, pictures and drawings of some of the older ones.

    • Fashion Critic January 22, 2013 at 15:32 #

      That will be my first stop

  8. Anne January 22, 2013 at 13:06 #

    Adore this! The color, the velvet texture, the little touch of bling 9with the amazing blingy bracelet). It is so flattering to her figure, too. Best Shoulders Award! I, for one, also love the new bangs. They suit her.

  9. Grace Patrcia January 22, 2013 at 12:51 #

    Love it, even disliking the hair so much! She looks great! Radiant! Love the bracelets!

  10. Amy January 22, 2013 at 12:28 #

    She looks fantastic. I love it

  11. mm January 22, 2013 at 12:22 #

    The Flotus wowed us all day but I didnt love this gown, I did love the color.

  12. Yeliz January 22, 2013 at 12:20 #

    She looks divine. There is no fault in wearing Jason Wu again, since she looks flawless in his designs and this is no exception. I love this shade of red. BDOTW contender.

  13. Beta January 22, 2013 at 08:03 #

    I have goosebumps!! She looks sensational!! This is already my candidate for BDOTY
    Style-wise, Michelle is my favourite FLOTUS ever

  14. Dhppy January 22, 2013 at 07:40 #

    I loved this. Perfect color red for her. Those guns of hers are ablazin’! And the dress flowed nicely.

  15. robert January 22, 2013 at 07:25 #

    I can’t stand how loose and billowy ALL her dresses are. She has the body for fitted designs. Great hourglass figure, nice waist-to-hip ration. This is just another cringe-worthy response from me.

  16. Rebecca Z January 22, 2013 at 05:48 #

    Love the dress and her look. She has looked spectacular all weekend. One of the best accessories she has is that handsome man and the looks of love and delight they share. It is nice to have a Pres and FL that seem to really love and enjoy each other! Thanks again for covering our gal this weekend.

    • CreoleLady January 22, 2013 at 07:19 #


      • Grace Patricia January 22, 2013 at 18:08 #


        I don’t like politics, but I love seeing people visibly in love like these ones. Specially after so long years.

  17. TL January 22, 2013 at 05:42 #

    She looks stunning. End!

  18. Donna January 22, 2013 at 04:05 #

    She has the most awful taste in clothes. Her clothes are so juvenile.

    • Jazz January 22, 2013 at 20:13 #

      Juvenile? In what sense? If sheath dresses, coats, heels, tasteful hairstyles, and subdued makeup are juvenile, I can only what sophisticated is.

      • Jazz January 22, 2013 at 20:14 #

        wonder what sophisticated is*

  19. jd January 22, 2013 at 03:40 #

    While I was hoping she’d give another designer a break, I can’t deny that this is another big fashion moment for Michelle Obama courtesy of Jason Wu. Great choice. The dress has power & beauty.

  20. TeaAtTwo January 22, 2013 at 03:32 #

    I was hoping for a less established designer but she does look BDOTW stunning. The vibrant red packs a vivid punch.

    Happy for four more years of the Obamas in the White house.

  21. Prudence January 22, 2013 at 03:32 #


  22. Ella January 22, 2013 at 03:30 #

    I might not be a fan of the politics, but I was heartily looking forward to Mrs. Obama’s gown….and she looks stunning. Red is a fabulous color on her. Utterly and completely. =D

  23. Jessica January 22, 2013 at 03:19 #

    Does anyone else prefer the first Wu dress in 2009?

    • Glenn January 22, 2013 at 03:29 #

      it was too bridal for my tastes. This is more like it

    • dressaddict January 22, 2013 at 11:22 #

      Yes, I totally do. Actually,I think this is quite similar to the first one, but the red dress (which is beautiful, no denying) lacks the wow factor that the white one had.

    • Pene January 23, 2013 at 07:42 #


  24. kayell January 22, 2013 at 03:17 #

    The dress is beautiful, elegant, simple but stunning. The President looks great too

  25. Jess2 January 22, 2013 at 03:16 #

    I am so in love with this look! She looks so perfect and so beautiful! The dress is divine, what an amazing moment for Jason, I absolutely adore his work!

    Congratulations to the Obamas!

  26. Lauren January 22, 2013 at 03:13 #

    I’m stunned by her beauty. Inside and out.

    This gown only highlights that

  27. Molly January 22, 2013 at 03:05 #

    I love the dress but I was really hoping for something more. I feel like this gown would be better suited for a state dinner rather than the Inaugural Ball. FLOTUS looks beautiful but she lacks the major wow factor that she had back in 2009.

  28. Christine January 22, 2013 at 03:04 #

    Jason Wu. Another historic moment for him! I know he is beyond happy! I figure she would go back to him for this occasion. She looks gorgeous. The dress is stunning 🙂

    • SilentVisitor January 22, 2013 at 13:40 #


    • adrian January 22, 2013 at 20:36 #

      + what SilentVisitor said 😉

      • SilentVisitor January 23, 2013 at 03:25 #


        • Christine January 24, 2013 at 02:09 #


  29. Marybeth January 22, 2013 at 03:01 #

    Wonderful!!! That shade of red is just gorgeous on her. I’m still not sure about the new hair-do, but she looks terrific.
    I didn’t like her first inaugural gown, BTW, finding it very unflattering to her figure. But this one is a whole different story. Love it.

  30. Alexandra Wong January 22, 2013 at 02:58 #

    “If ever there was a moment to sing, ‘Lady in Red’, this was it.”

    I love how you nailed the zeitgeist of the moment, FC!

    • Fashion Critic January 22, 2013 at 03:06 #


  31. Rashmi January 22, 2013 at 02:55 #

    I thought I wud have to wait for another few hours to see the post here since it was already so late :O, Thanks a ton FC, and you need to go to sleep 😀

    I just skipped a beat when I saw her, she looks stunning. A perfect red, a perfect look. Had wished for some other designer, but well would it have upstaged this look, well NO 😀 Loveeee her!

    • Fashion Critic January 22, 2013 at 02:57 #

      I never sleep when major fashion moments are happening….you know me better than that 😉

      • Marybeth January 22, 2013 at 03:03 #

        Bless you for it!!!

      • Rashmi January 22, 2013 at 03:04 #

        Hahaha Yaa (After seeing your tweet that you were considering sleeping since it was late, I was secretly yelling.. Noooo FC dont , you wanna stay 😀 )

        • Fashion Critic January 22, 2013 at 03:08 #

          Ha…now I am WIDE awake.

          • Rashmi January 22, 2013 at 03:20 #

            😀 😀

  32. EmmaWoodhouse January 22, 2013 at 02:52 #

    Politics aside, I love this dress, very elegant. I thought she might wear Wu again. I love the color but almost wish that it were grander in style, for the event. Very nice look, though.

  33. asherlev1 January 22, 2013 at 02:49 #

    She looks lovely, but I’m not a fan of the new hairdo DDD:

    BUT I LOVE her

  34. Rachel January 22, 2013 at 02:47 #

    Well done, FC – love your commitment! She looks stunning in the dress. Not a huge fan of the new hairstyle but she can’t really do wrong in my book.

  35. MEME January 22, 2013 at 02:45 #

    She looks RADIENT!!!!…

  36. creed419 January 22, 2013 at 02:41 #

    She looks amazing! That ruby red looks amazing against her beautiful skin tone. I agree with FC, in that she made the right choice in going with Jason Wu again. Bravo!

    • dee January 23, 2013 at 17:40 #


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