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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Lynn on

@ goplove-Laura Bush is a recovering ALCOHOLIC who KILLED someone because she couldn’t drive-probably because she was drunk-and ran a stop sign and hit them with her car.It was BEFORE she got to the Whitehouse but still…she doesn’t sound very classy at all. Mrs. Obama is stunning in that dress-in fact she ALWAYS looks great.
Who cares if you stopped subscribing to People magazine? I can guarantee they don’t need your business and the reason they publish issues with the Obama’s is because they are the PRESIDENT and FIRST Lady of the United States.

Jeannien on

How much did THAT cost us?

Mary on

To Kim,
Much less than Sarah Palins wardrobe I’ll bet.

Elle on

Where does it say this is a Thrift store dress? It just says it’s Vintage Couture. It’s a gorgeous dress and she looks lovely in it.

Steva on

I personally love the elegant dress. However, it reminded me of the type of dress that Jackie Kennedy might have worn. It was very courageous of her to wear the dress. She will be lamblasted by many, but I admire her sense of style.

Arlene on

Before you begin criticizing the Obama’s, it would be best if you knew your facts. The Obama’s do NOT receive any clothing allowance nor do they receive any food allowances. The clothes they buy and the food they eat are paid for by the Obama’s. Whether you like them or not, not everything they do is wrong.

Sandi Y on

Come on people. She the First Lady. She has her own money. Do you think she would find a vintage in the Goodwill Stores?

joan sinclair on

She looks beautiful. The dress is lovely. Why can’t some of you people give credit where credit is due. So what if the dress costs more than a regular vintage shop. How much if Nancy Reagan spend on clothes…….lol

Lynn on

and to all of you thinking she lied because she didn’t really buy it at a thrift store-she did not lie and the article does not say it came from a thrift store-it came from a boutique so before commenting,at least read the story so you will know what you’re talking about.

Anne on

Guaranteed (as usual) to accentuate her large waist and big hips. The woman has no idea on how to make herself look her best.

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