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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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Bettie on

Sandra Thompson, quit projecting.

Red on

Regarding concerns that the First Lady spent too much on her dress: she is not spending tax payers’ money. The President wrote two best selling books before even entering office. They don’t need your money to look good. So, simmer down and get back to work.

Lee on

Kim and Leanne- the dress Mrs. Obama wore didn’t cost the taxpayers anything because Presidents and First Ladies pay their own personal expenses.

Mary Ann on

I’m amazed at the comments I’m reading. If you’re not interested in the first ladies fashion sense then why are you reading the article? Since it’s the holiday season and we are all suppose to be practicing goodwill toward men, why don’t we practice the old adage, “If you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all.”

john on

I think she looks beautiful in the dress and is sending the american people a message. My personal opinion is i don,t think any first lady would ever wear a second hand dress. I give her all the credit in the world.

Penny on

Last time I checked the Gov’t. doesn’t give the President and First Lady a wardrobe allowance. If she didn’t pay for it maybe it was on loan. Who cares, she looked lovely, as usual.

Jen on

Vintage is not Trift. The article never uses the word thrift

SusiQ on

the dress is gorgeous and she wears it beautifully. all you people who like to slam the First Lady all the time, look in your hearts and be honest about what you find there.

S. T. Weston on

Should I give a damn what she does? Really?

Mjm on


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