Happy Birthday, Michelle Obama! Now, What Are You Wearing on Monday?

01/17/2013 at 01:00 PM ET

Michelle Obama Inauguration
Courtesy L’Wren Scott; Inset: Cliff Owen/AP

It’s a big week for Michelle Obama: she turns 49 today, joined Twitter this morning and will stand by as her husband is sworn in to his second presidential term on Monday. (And here we thought our weeks were busy …)

Though we’ve been captivated by many of Mrs. O’s past dresses, we’re quite excited to see what she wears for Monday’s Inauguration and parties. According to WWD, the First Lady’s staff reached out to several different designers for samples and ideas — Derek Lam, Marchesa, Michael Kors, Prabal Gurung, Tory Burch, Tracy Reese, Narciso Rodriguez, Naeem Khan, Thakoon and Jason Wu among them.

WWD also asked several designers to create dream dress sketches for the First Lady and her fashion-forward daughters, Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11. Some of our favorites include L’Wren Scott’s belted, lace-topped blue gown (left), Nicole Miller’s stunning strapless red dress, with youthful, complementary blue frocks for the girls (below), Lela Rose’s pretty purple gown and Monique Lhuillier’s seafoam creation.

Michelle Obama Inauguration
Courtesy Nicole Miller

For the 2009 Inauguration, Obama selected a white one-shoulder dress by then-newbie Jason Wu; her stunning style moment instantly put the young designer on the map.

The dress was “a masterpiece,” the First Lady said one year after its debut. “It is simple, it’s elegant, and it comes from this brilliant young mind, someone who is living the American Dream.” No doubt her choice on Monday will be equally as beautiful — and important — as well. Tell us: How do you envision the First Lady looking on Inauguration day? 

–Kate Hogan

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fanofboardwalkempire on

Can’t wait to see the gowns! So excited!

TaxHikes on

I’m so happy they will have custom designer gowns. While other Americans sacrifice by paying more taxes this year. . . I can sleep well knowing they will look good while children go hungry. We have our priorities here in the U.S. a bit mixed up that this is news.

GOMER on

BET OUR TAX $$$’S ARE PAYING FOR IT!!!!!!!!

Andrea on

Why do they need an inauguration when he’s already been in office? Cancel the event and save your country some money.

Kat on

….all that while we pay higher taxes this yr, basic commodities like milk now cost more and Congress wants America to bend over and take it (no lotion or vaseline, nothing)!

jenny on

WHo cares??? I don’t.

bfruehan on

PISSES ME OFF!!! More tax dollars down the drain!

Kim on

I agree with another comment. Every one in your country already knows he is president, cancel the event and save your debt ridden country some money. I have nothing against your president, but in my house if we owe money ….entertainment is the first thing we cut back on.

Candy on

I agree with previous comments. Although the dresses are lovely, why are we wasting the money on that and another inauguration? The event should be very low key (read very inexpensive) or skipped. Mrs. Obama – please recycle one of your other gowns or visit the thrift store like many of us need to do.

Missty on

For those of you who want to know, mostly private donors pay for the inauguration costs.

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