Michelle Obama Wears $12K Versace Gown To Final State Dinner As First Lady
First lady Michelle Obama wore a $12,000 custom-made Versace gown to her final state dinner of the Obama presidency Tuesday night.
President Obama and the first lady hosted Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini at the White House for their last state dinner in the residency. Barrack was dressed in a classic tuxedo, while his wife Michelle donned a very expensive rose gold Versace gown.
Michelle has made a practice of considering a “country’s cultural norms,” and paying tribute when country leaders visit, according to the first lady’s wardrobe adviser, Meredith Koop.
On Tuesday she paid tribute to Italy by wearing an outrageously expensive dress designed by the world famous Italian label.
New York Times fashion and style writer Vanessa Friedman has praised the gown that she says “went far beyond being simply an ambassadorial nod to a guest country’s talent.” Friedman claims the dress, crafted of rose gold chainmail, also “made a powerful subliminal statement.”
“As much as it was gracefully cut and draped,” Friedman wrote, “it also spoke of armor and female strength, of the need to gird yourself to fight for what you believe in.”
The dress was specifically designed for first lady Obama by Donatella Versace herself. Friedman does not mention the cost of the dress in the Times article.