Michelle Obama’s Stunning Atelier Versace Dress Marks a New Style Era for First Ladies

ESC: Michelle Obama

At her final state dinner, the first lady wore a custom, chainmail, rose-gold Atelier Versace gown that had us thinking it was the Oscars or the Met Gala. Paired with metallic eyes and a nude glossy lip, this is a Hollywood look if we’ve ever seen one—and quite a departure from the more subtle gowns Michelle has worn in state dinners’ past.

“I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to dress the first lady of the United States Michelle Obama. Thank you, Michelle, for all of the things you have done for America and for the rest of the world, for the women in the United States and the rest of the world,” said designer Donatella Versace in a statement.

ESC: Michelle Obama

The first lady is no stranger to high fashion, often wearing and supporting both emerging and celeb-loved names, like Brandon Maxwell, Jason Wu and Very Wang to previous dinners at the White House.

However, the designs have typically been relatively conservative, often featuring an A-line or column silhouette. The color—perhaps a burnt orange or deep purple—would be the boldest aspect of the dress, and if there was a print or embellishment, it was used only to enhance her overall the look.

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