Michelle Obama Might Be the Best Dressed First Lady Since Jackie O
Not since Jackie O has a first lady had as much sartorial savvy as Michelle Obama. Whether it's a state dinner, a quick hop on Air Force One with her equally well-heeled daughters Sasha and Malia, or an appearance on stage with Beyoncé, Obama consistently opts for unexpected, lesser-known, and on-the-verge designers like Preen and Zero + Maria Cornejo in addition to her custom Vera Wang and Marchesa. But her fashion also has political inklings — for a state dinner welcoming Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie, Obama opted for a Jason Wu design (Wu is Taiwanese-Canadian), while her trips across Europe and Asia have often been accompanied by garments that pull inspiration from local fashion and customs. Still, her recent trip to Morocco and Madrid saw her outfitted in Altuzarra and Proenza Schouler, and while she's sworn allegiance to no particular label, one thing's for sure — there are a whole lot of Americans among her choices. In honor of Obama's birthday, see her best looks from the 2009 inauguration to today.