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Naeem Khan on Designing for Michelle Obama's First State Dinner: "I Feel So Happy"

11/25/2009 at 10:26 AM ET

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First Lady Michelle Obama made Jason Wu a household name when she wore his white gown to the presidential Inaugural ball, and she’s bound to have the name Naeem Khan on the tongues of women across the country over the holiday after wearing one of his designs to her first, India-themed, State Dinner last night in Washington D.C. “I feel so happy to be a part of this historical event between the two countries where my heart lies,” the India-born designer tells PEOPLE. “I am relieved to have a job well done and am so honored to have been chosen. This is a Thanksgiving in its truest form for me and one that I will never forget — an American dream coming true.” The designer, who immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager, looked to the theme of the dinner to create Mrs. Obama’s one-of-a-kind sterling silver sequin dress with an abstract floral motif, which the First Lady accented with dramatic Bochic earrings. No wonder Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh said in his toast that he was “overwhelmed…by the grace and charm of the First Lady.”

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