See the Custom Gucci Dress Michelle Obama Wore to the Kennedy Center Honors

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 4: President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attend the Kennedy Center Honors show December 4, 2016 at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The honorees include the band The Eagles, singer Mavis Staples, actor Al Pacino, singer James Taylor and pianist Martha Argerich. (Photo by Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)

See the Custom Gucci Dress Michelle Obama Wore to the Kennedy Center Honors

Find out the deeper political meaning behind this look.

Published December 6, 2016

I am writing this to you from the afterlife, because Michelle Obama has absolutely killed me. Our beloved FLOTUS wore a custom Gucci gown to the 2016 Kennedy Center Honors and it was so beautiful and so perfect and therefore, now I am dead.

The dress is gorgeous, but it may also carry a deeper meaning. This is the first time Obama has worn a non-American designer to the event, and as Vanessa Friedman wrote in the New York Times, it could be for a pointed reason. Obama wore an Italian brand the same day that Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned, leaving the country open to a populist right-wing movement. (Sound familiar?) Renzi was supportive of Italy’s fashion industry, and Obama’s wearing of this dress on this particular day could signal support.

“Maybe [Obama] just thought, ‘Oh, that’s pretty.’ Because it was,” wrote Friedman. “But more likely, given her history with dress and the way she has used it as a strategic tool, she was also doing what she could to stress the importance of Italian fashion at a delicate time; making a discrete gesture of solidarity with a country and an administration and an industry.”

It may also be worth noting that Gucci’s flagship store is located in the Trump Tower, and the Donald reportedly gets a discount.

But at the end of the day, regardless of meaning, FLOTUS stunned. She and her sartorial statements will be deeply, deeply missed.  

Written by Jocelyn Silver

(Photo: Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)

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