December 9th, 2008
12:16 PM ET

Inauguration Day fashion

Designers sketch out options for the Obama's inaugural attire.
Designers sketch out options for the Obama's inaugural attire.

Sarah Parker

The presidential inauguration party tops the list of formal affairs next January, and President-elect Barack Obama is rumored to be preparing for his big event.

He’s believed to have ordered a simple and classic black tuxedo by the union-friendly suburban Illinois-designer Hart Schaffner Marx, a stylist in which the president-elect is said to be faithful, according to the LA times.

But most-likely all eyes will be on the future first lady’s outfit. So, what will Michelle Obama wear on her husband’s big day?

Women’s Wear Daily is featuring sketches by high profile designers on its Web site of possible inauguration day outfits for the Mrs. Obama and among the contenders are simple and classic designer Nicole Miller, the elegant and timeless Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, and the funky and youthful California-based fashionista Betsey Johnson.

And the Obama girls were not forgotten. The Web site features drawings of potential outfits for Sasha, 10 and Malia, 7, from dressy skirted coats to children’s gowns.

Mrs. Obama, who is often compared to former first-lady and style icon Jackie Kennedy, took some heat for her election night attire as she donned an attention-grabbing red and black Narciso Rodriguez shift dress.

The future first lady has said she often sports modestly-priced labels like J.Crew, and Donna Rico, and favors local Chicago-designer Maria Pinto. But inauguration day could call for a pricier piece, and fashion’s elite are prepared. Whatever the future first-lady decides for inauguration day, the fashion world will surely be watching.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Inauguration Day • Michelle Obama
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Aynes

    The Dems better never say another word about Sarah Palin's wardrobe as the Obama's will be spending thousands on this one night...what about the $30,000 ring Obama gave Michelle. That would pay someone's morgage for a few years. Change...????

    December 9, 2008 at 8:47 pm |
  2. KIm

    Happy to see the support for retail and fashion in the current economic crisis and all the designs were beautiful.

    December 9, 2008 at 7:44 pm |
  3. Sue, Billerica, MA

    Maybe they can all donate their clothes from the inauguration festivitites to a charity auction whose funds will be to provide school clothes for children in orphanages or whose parents are struggling with poverty and unemployment?

    December 9, 2008 at 7:02 pm |
  4. Sara

    Who really cares about what the Obamas will wear on Inauguration Day? Many Americans are struggling to make ends meet. In my opinion, they don't really care if Michelle Obama wears Chanel or Betsey Johnson. I guess if the biggest problem someone faces is which expensive designer dress she should pick then life must be really good.

    December 9, 2008 at 6:48 pm |
  5. Michelle

    I really like Michelle Obama's style. I can not wait to see
    what she and the Obama girls will be wearing that day.
    Also the dress Mrs. Obama will be wearing for the all
    of the balls.

    December 9, 2008 at 1:16 pm |