It's all about the dress
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January 22nd, 2013
08:20 AM ET

It's all about the dress

Washington (CNN) – After all the anticipation and waiting, perhaps the biggest bombshell about Michelle Obama's inaugural ball dress was that it really wasn't a surprise at all.

Like 2009, the first lady wore a gown by the Taiwanese-born American designer Jason Wu, who was catapulted into the highest echelons of fashion when Obama donned one of his designs four years ago.

Obama, who is known for favoring lesser-known American designers, had several dresses presented to her before she made her decision, and didn't reveal what she would wear before she stepped out on stage at the Commander-in-Chief's ball, making her repeat turn in Jason Wu a rare moment of suspense amid the scripted revelry of the inauguration.


Topics: Michelle Obama • The Family

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  1. Leigh

    I loved the dress...!!!

    January 22, 2013 at 9:59 am |
    • charlie

      when your husband can tax people, you'll have it

      January 28, 2013 at 9:36 am |
  2. Debbie

    Thought the dress was nothing to write home about. Didn't seem to fit well at all. Wasn't impressed with the daytime outfit either.

    January 22, 2013 at 10:50 am |
    • BillC

      Debie, you are always griping!

      January 25, 2013 at 10:35 am |
  3. 2020

    fit for the queen. In this occasion, she is angel.

    January 22, 2013 at 12:01 pm |
    • charlie

      maybe in harlem

      January 28, 2013 at 9:35 am |
  4. jean2009

    It is a beautiful dress and very becoming. Congrats to Jason Wu! Thanks to the first lady for putting the emphasis on small business, and the military families.

    January 22, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
  5. Randy

    Nice wig

    January 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
    • jean2009

      Doubtful to short.... I guess you mean like Taylor Swift , Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Cher, and half the men in Hollywood?

      January 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
      • Randy

        No stupid i was talking about her wig, you dense ???

        January 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
      • Marie

        I have to be honest, I think her old hair was nicer. I don't know, she just doesn't strike me as a bang person.

        January 22, 2013 at 7:50 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        Yep, I am not a fan of the bangs.

        January 22, 2013 at 8:31 pm |
      • jean2009

        What do you want to bet you will see bangs on all the models on the spring runway fashion!

        Thank heavens she didn't go with the outdated too many extensions total mess looks of Parton and McEntire!

        January 23, 2013 at 1:01 pm |
    • Blarneycorn

      It's a great haircut to hide those pesky plastic surgery scars while they heal.

      January 26, 2013 at 8:00 am |
  6. jerry

    the scowling first black lady who sometimes dresses like a lady of the night...not impressed.

    January 22, 2013 at 9:47 pm |
    • not-pure-bred 04

      You, sir, are an azz!!!

      January 24, 2013 at 7:58 pm |
    • BillC

      Hi Jerry... you seem to know alot about the ladies of the night! A bet you take off alot of those dresses from the ladies of the night! LOL

      January 25, 2013 at 10:37 am |
    • marlene archey-crim

      Racism is so debilitating!!!!

      January 25, 2013 at 11:11 am |
    • jerry

      Hi bill, yes I know a lot about them, I'm a cop! hahah

      January 25, 2013 at 3:55 pm |
      • Name s mann

        I see where what you spend most of your low racist cop pay on.

        January 26, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
  7. necie5040

    Jerry, you sound jealous. She must wear the dress better than you do. Baggers are never satisfied, never have a life of their own so they whine and criticize people who do. Classy, beautiful lady in a classy, beautiful dress. Hey Jerry, try a different size, it just might fit.

    January 23, 2013 at 12:00 am |
    • Randy

      Looking in the mirror, way to descibe yourself !!!

      January 23, 2013 at 9:04 am |
      • jean2009

        I'm sure your looking in an honesty mirror would break the looking would certainly detect your evil heart.

        January 23, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
      • necie5040

        Your nasty, racist words speak for themselves. You are a racist and a pathetic excuse for a human being. I need no mirror to see and understand that. I described you, which was an easy thing to do since you racist read like first grade "I am a silly idiot" primers. Easy to read and understand.

        January 27, 2013 at 8:16 pm |
    • jerry

      well, put lipstick on a pig and you still have a pig. Mz obama is s south chicago racist and leftist radical, hard to wash that off. I said she is black and that statement makes me a don't think so. Those of you who believe calling a black person black makes one a racist need an education and/or debriefing.

      January 25, 2013 at 3:58 pm |
      • Name s mann

        when a pig denies what they are (racist) than it becomes time for them to become ham!

        January 26, 2013 at 5:25 pm |
      • necie5040

        It is not what you said, racist, it how you said it. You racist folks make your ignorant racist statements and then you think no ones see or heard your dog whistle. Idiots. It is you who need the education in how to be a human, because right now you are surely lacking.

        January 27, 2013 at 8:10 pm |
      • linda

        I'm with you Jerry, a white person refers to a black person we are racist, blacks call us whiteys and it's ok......personally, I think the first lady has been a disgrace for America. We have had some first class first lady's and she isn NOT one of them, nor is he a president. Call it what you want...there is still a first amendment, although he is trying very hard to take that away as well. I believe in the words of Dr Ben Carson, I'm a whitey, and I'd vote for that man in a heartbeat.

        February 16, 2013 at 11:09 am |
  8. Randy

    @Jean ooooh ouch what pain you you have caused me-- NOT !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 23, 2013 at 4:33 pm |
  9. Marie

    I love that dress! I'm a bigger fan of that than her last inauguration dress

    January 24, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
    • jerry

      anything is better than the first dress she had looked like drapes and the color was horrible. whew!

      January 25, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
  10. Joi Gibson

    The dress is beautiful and she was smokin!!!! President Obama was looking pretty fine himself!!!

    January 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm |
  11. BillC

    Look at that First Couple! America's finest! I just adore them! Oh, the dress... BEAUTIFUL!

    January 25, 2013 at 10:40 am |
  12. El Flaco

    I don't care what anyone else wears. Surely no one cares what I wear.

    I don't get it.

    January 25, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
  13. jerry

    I see mz obama has new her daughters it is straight, now she has bangs and looks like their dog! I remember clinton put a new look on for the second term and that lasted for a she looks like the dog she was in the first place. hahaha

    January 25, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
  14. It's all about the dress

    The last dress receiving this much attention had a stain on it & belonged to Monica Lewinsky.

    January 25, 2013 at 10:50 pm |
  15. BO Lies

    Michelle Obama’s Thom Browne Inaugural dress came in at an estimated $10,000 (black). Michelle Obama’s dress for the Inaugural Ball by Jason Wu cost an estimated $5,000 (red).

    Meanwhile, in the real world, incomes are dropping.
    In 2011 the annual median income was $26,364 in America.

    Michelle spent more than half of the median salary on her dresses alone. This is not even including the hair stylists, make up artists, shoes, etc.

    January 26, 2013 at 6:44 am |
    • charlie

      that's what happens when they can tax you

      January 28, 2013 at 9:33 am |
  16. BO Lies

    The red dress can't hide Michelle's flat chest and WIDE hips. That haircut is right out of the ho style of Harlem.

    January 26, 2013 at 6:47 am |
    • charlie

      can't agree more

      January 28, 2013 at 9:33 am |
    • linda

      You nailed it Bo.

      February 16, 2013 at 11:12 am |
  17. lillyloo

    Is this really what the American people care about??.

    January 26, 2013 at 10:33 am |
  18. lillyloo

    Pretty is as pretty does !!

    January 26, 2013 at 10:34 am |
  19. lillyloo

    I think she looks like a dude in a dress

    January 26, 2013 at 10:43 am |
  20. sue

    don't you feel safe knowing jerry the cop is protecting you.? He is a real PIG gosh should have known. As for the first lady she looked nice. Cheap shots at her appearance are exactly what we have all come to expect from the right. How sad. You either liked or did not like the dress period. Remarks about her body and looks are really stupid. She is brighter than most posting.

    January 26, 2013 at 11:08 am |
    • charlie

      don't use your low standard to judge people

      January 28, 2013 at 9:37 am |
  21. bullcrudat1600

    nice... 47 million on food stamps... 8% unemployed.. and she had the GAL to wear this milion dollar rag?

    January 27, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
  22. PC0909


    January 27, 2013 at 8:25 pm |
  23. charlie

    it is truly all about the dress. SHe is average at best.

    January 28, 2013 at 9:31 am |
  24. tina


    January 30, 2013 at 4:55 am |