Michelle Obama Wears a Sparkling Couture Gown to American Portrait Gala

Michelle Obama commanded attention in citron last night at the 2019 American Portrait Gala.

Since her husband left the White House in January 2017, Obama has been making fewer appearances, but she’s had more room to get creative with her ensembles.

Attending the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., yesterday, the former first lady was clad a custom Schiaparelli haute couture gown in acid yellow, with crystal beading on top adding an additional element of glamour.

michelle obama, schiarparelli, yellow gown, couture dress, daniel roseberry, custom dress, Lin-Manuel Miranda;Mrs. Michelle Obama. Lin-Manuel Miranda and Mrs. Michelle Obama attend The 2019 American Portrait Gala at Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, in WashingtonAmerican Portrait Gala, Washington, USA - 17 Nov 2019
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Michelle Obama attend the American Portrait Gala, Nov. 17.
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Throughout her time as first lady, Obama championed American designers, and while Schiaparelli is based in Paris, creative director Daniel Roseberry, the creator of the dress, is American-born.

“The inspiration for the shape originally came from the crinoline, which is often found underneath couture gowns, but the real starting point for the overall look was the color,” said Roseberry in a release. “The acidic tone echoes Elsa Schiaparelli’s signature shocking pink, and we also felt that it matched the strength and energy of Mrs. Obama. It was such an honor to make this special gown for her.”

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A sketch of Michelle Obama’s Schiaparelli gown.
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The “Becoming” author’s shoes were hidden underneath the gown.

At the gala, notables from across fashion, business and entertainment were honored with portraits of themselves. Anna Wintour, Jeff Bezos, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Earth, Wind & Fire were among those to receive portraits.

Click through the gallery to see Michelle Obama’s White House style.

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