Michelle Obama Makes History in Vintage Norman Norell Dress

12/17/2010 at 03:30 PM ET

Michelle Obama Makes History in Vintage Norman Norelli
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What’s old is new again for Michelle Obama, who had another groundbreaking moment in fashion history Sunday night, dazzling in one-of-a-kind vintage number by the late designer Norman Norell. The First Lady picked up the black-lace overlay dress, which boasted a full tea-length tulle style skirt and a square neckline (something rarely seen in contemporary designs), at New York Vintage boutique, signaling what store owner Jon Schneck believes to be the first time a first lady has worn a vintage dress to a public event, reports The Huffington Post. Obama donned the elegant 1950s piece to the “Christmas in Washington” concert in Washington, D.C., which airs tonight on TNT and is hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. And while the spectacle, which will feature performances by Mariah Carey, Annie Lennox and more, will surely be packed with flare, we’re sure no one sparkled as brightly as Obama, who glammed up her ballerina-like confection with oversized snowflake drop earrings. And if you like what you see, stay tuned for other throwback looks from the First Lady. The The Huffington Post reports that Schneck confirmed that Obama scooped up additional archived pieces from New York Vintage for future appearances. Saying, “We are truly honored that the First Lady has chosen a gown from New York Vintage as her first venture into vintage couture. Other dresses from our archive have been scheduled for use by the first lady later this year.” To see Obama don the dazzling dress, tune in to the holiday special tonight on TNT at 8 p.m./7 p.m. Central. –Justine Harman

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maddie on

Just stunning!

me on

she looks beautiful. oh you poor babies i guess since you didn’t get your money tree and free $500 in the mail on nov 3 2008, you must so bitter. i hope socialism eats you alive :)

Liffster on

Believe it or not, her clothing wardrobe does not come from the President’s salary and is therefore not an expense to taxpayers. She was earning far more than he was before the election and subsequent overwhelming win.

Fashion Fella on

It’s a lovely dress. Period.

Newsworthy? This is the ‘Style Watch’ after all.
The political commentary is not necessary in regards to a dress. It’s Christmas. The same ones making such commentary would be berating her for not looking appropriate if that were the case.

I don’t recall either Mrs. Bush ever being criticized for her choice of outfits for such an event. I remember Barbara Bush’s pearls and I don’t recall Laura Bush’s appearances… but she must have looked nice or that would have been memorable, too.

sweetcakes on

Why are commenters thinking the term “vintage” has the same meaning as “thrift store”? Get a grip people…the article is not saying that MO is wearing a thrift store dress. Why would she? Gorgeous dress!

kurt on

nice way to spend our money!

Peque on

The first time that a vintage dress… makes history?? I dont think a dress adds nothing to american history no matter who wears it.

Jenny on

For all of those complaining about how it cost the taxpayers so much…I have a funny feeling if this was GW Bush and his wife, NOBODY would be complaining. Get over yourselves and go back to drinking the Kool-Aid.

Nicolle on

Please! If you don’t think that we taxpayers paid for Laura Bush’s frumpy pant suits for eight years you’re kidding yourselves.

You haters are as pathetic as your comments.

Sarah on

Oh for goodness sake, it says the dress was vintage COUTURE, not thrift store. She looks great in it. If you don’t want to read a fluff piece about the first lady’s fashion then go to a big letter site to get your news (CNN, FOX, MSNBC) and stop trolling on People!

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