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Designers Dream Big for the Obamas’ Inauguration Formal Wear

11/12/2008 at 05:00 PM ET

Courtesy Marc Bouwer

Signing on to dress the first lady for the Inauguration Ball is always a big deal, but this year, “it’s every designer’s dream to dress Michelle Obama,” says New York designer Marc Bouwer. PEOPLE asked Bouwer and designers Reem Acra and Isabel Toledo to come up with sketches of how they’d dress the First-Family-elect, given the honor. Bouwer, whose design appears above, took special inspiration from Michelle, who “has a much more modern approach to dressing,” he says. “She’s probably the most body-conscious dresser out of any First Lady we’ve had, and her clothes have a more modern silhouette.” Plus, as the United States’ first African-American first lady, “She’s the first of her kind,” adds Bouwer. “The designer who gets this will snag a major part of history. This will be remembered now and for forever.” Click through to check out Inauguration Ball sketches by red carpet favorites Isabel Toledo and Reem Acra. Then tell us: Which designer do you think has the winning look? –Charlotte Triggs

Courtesy Reem Acra

Reem Acra’s sketch

Courtesy Isabel Toledo

Isabel Toledo’s sketch

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LBW on

That family is so beautiful, they will look good no matter what they wear. They are all healthy, lean and tall. Truly good looking.

Rachel on

I really really really loveee the first one!! (the red white and blue one). I think that it would look sooooo cute on the girls!!

Lexyb on

Marc Bouwer alllllll the way!

jennifer on

this is great!

sylvia on

isabel toledo’s sketch reminds me of those nordstrom ads…very cool, in a cartoonish way

Nazi on

Marc Bouwer

Jan on

Marc Bouwer. The best shapes of all the choices.

Lanna on

NOT Isabel’s. It just doesn’t fit.

M. Bouwer…looks good.

I could see them in the Reem designs, but I just don’t like that the girls dresses are the same design.

justcuz on

I like the Reem dresses – they are very classy and pretty.

Ohioan on

I don’t care for the Reem Acra looks for Malia and Sasha – too long and stuffy for young girls. I like Marc Bouwer best – most interesting designs. I think MO would look great in the asymmetrical shape.

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