1/20/09 Update: What was the Michelle Obama inauguration dress? She donned a sparkling yellow-gold gown with a matching coat by Cuban-born American designer Isabel Toledo for today’s inauguration of Barack Obama.  Along with the coat she wore green gloves from J. Crew and green shoes. 

This choice solidifies her desire to wear clothes from lesser known designers and from mainstreem American retailers. She could have worn a dress from any famous designer such as Vercace or Ralph Lauren as well as shoes and gloves from top line stores such as Neiman Marcus. Instead she went with relatively uknown designer along with her usual favorite J. Crew.

 Women are going to be searching for “Michelle Obama inaugural dress” as the dress and fashion designer are going to be getting a lot of attention. Is the dress going to come from Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus or some high profile women’s dress designer? It seems this January 2009 inauguration of Barack and Michele Obama is going to be a big deal that will get more attention than any other inauguration in history. Michelle Obama’s inauguration dress is going to get a ton of coverage as well as she is the new fashion icon in Hollywood / Washington.

Michelle Obama has worn many dresses from different designers and she regularly shops on J Crew online. Some of her dresses have been from Maria Pinto, the Chicago based designer and of course none of the dresses Michelle wears are cheap knock offs. Orders for these Maria Pinto dresses have gone up 40% in the last year.

She also sports some of the spring 2009 runway collection from Narciso Rodriguez who is famous as one of the most acclaimed of New York Fashion Week. Michelle Obama gets to wear many dresses that are not out in stores yet as designers are eager to have her show off their newest fashions.

Where to buy the Michelle Obama inaugural dresses she will be wearing will depend on which designer or brand she goes with. Big retailers such as J.Crew, Talbots, Liz Claiborne, GAP, and Saks Fifth Avenue are all hoping the new first lady will help them boost business and help them sell dresses such as designer Elie Tahari’s $598 purple-floral sheath “Michelle dress”.

The fashion and entertainment industries are gearing up big time for the new duo in the White House as there is a lot of money to be made from the Obama’s. Just like with the Sarah Palin Kawasaki glasses, what Michelle wears will be closely followed and copied. Everyone wants a piece of the pie and interest in them will continue for years it is fair to say. The Michelle Obama inauguration gown and dresses will be only the first step to a new era of Michelle Obama fashion for middle aged women.

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