White House Correspondents' Dinner: First Lady Michelle Obama Is Queen of the Nerd Prom in Marchesa

05/03/2014 at 11:52 PM ET

Lupita Nyong’o, Sofia Vergara and Olivia Munn brought their fashion A-game to the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, but all eyes were on First Lady Michelle Obama, who proved once again that she can do red carpet glamour as well as any Hollywood star.

Michelle Obama Marchesa GownOlivier Douliery/EPA/Landov

The FLOTUS wore a grey tulle dropped shoulder gown with silver floral embroidery from Marchesa to the annual event, which she accessorized with Cathy Waterman jewels. The dress was a customized version of look 20 from the label’s Fall 2013 collection, which was inspired by eighteenth-century painter Francisco de Goya’s Portrait of Maria Teresa de Vallabriga on Horseback. Among the changes made to the original piece? The sheer long sleeves that were part of the original design when it debuted at the Marchesa show in 2013 had been removed, giving the crowd an unobstructed view of Obama’s famously toned arms.

Fashion blogs quickly declared the First Lady one of the night’s best dressed, though perhaps Nerd Prom Queen would have been a more fitting title.

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Among the evening’s other style standouts was Jessica Simpson, who showed off her slimmed-down frame in a strapless floral-print Carolina Herrera princess gown. Rose McGowan attracted plenty of attention in a peek-a-boo exposed bustier gown by Russian designer Ulyana Sergeenko.

What do you think of the First Lady’s Marchesa moment? Whose dress is your favorite? Sound off below!

–Bronwyn Barnes

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annie on

i feel like she never dresses according to her position or age.

carleen on

She looked awesome. FLOTUS is a class act she always looks puts together and stylish.

Chris on

I like the dress very much. However, I wish she’d brush the hair back from her forehead. She’s too attractive to hide behind a fringe.

josette on

The orange hair is a disaster. Messy, out of style. She should go back to the wig with the bangs she wore last year.

Marcie on

I agree with Annie. She’s the worst first lady ever. She’s so worried about being cool and being with the “in” crowd.

annoyed on

She looks lovely. But why call her FLOTUS? Never heard the term used for Bush’s wife…

yadda on

agree with annie below…. she should dress a bit more conservative being the First Lady of the President – it’s a title, use it with respect, in my opinion.

Cherie on

@annoyed. FLOTUS has been used to indicate the First Lady Of The US for years. She is FLOTUS now. It used to be Hillary. Before it was Laura Bush, before it was whomever (sorry it’s late) and goes way back. I think it went back to the secret service: POTUS and FLOTUS. And SCOTUS.. I’m Canadian and I know this! Try to keep up!

Cherie on

The Marchesa looks fabulous on her. And her hair accentuates the look. Well done FLOTUS! From a Canadian admirer.

Cassie on

I wonder how much THIS dress cost the tax payers. All the vacations they have taken, with the security bill being paid for by all of us. I have yet to be about to take a vacation and I’m 50. We work hard, just to make ends meet. I am not fond over her as the first lady. I’ve had enough of both of them.

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