First lady Michelle Obama has done it again. She has put yet another small designer on the map. Back in 2009, Mrs. Obama introduced the world to little-known designer Jason Wu; the young designer's career has catapulted tremendously since then. Four years later and Thom Browne is the new man of the hour. Though we fashion folks are very familiar with this influential designer, the press refers to him as "relatively unknown." Nevertheless, whether you are privy to the fashion world or just a living breathing being, Thom Browne is definitely a name you know now.
FLOTUS chose the designer as her first outfit choice for the big day. On Monday morning (Jan. 21) Mrs. Obama arrived at St. John's Episcopal Church before the ceremonial swearing-in at noon wearing a custom navy blue jacquard coat and dress by Thom Browne.
"It's one of those moments when I just can't believe that happened," Browne told the New York Times' Eric Wilson. The designer also shared that the "coat and dress for Michelle Obama are both made of silk jacquard based on a necktie fabric, custom made for the First Lady."
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the 47-year-old designer. Check out some quick facts below:
- Thom Browne is a New York City based designer who specializes in menswear.
- His work has influenced men's fashion of tighter fits and cropped trousers.
- Browne was named the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Menswear Designer of the Year in 2006 and named the GQ Designer of the Year in 2008.
First lady Obama has worn Thom Browne before, however it's newsworthy given the monumental circumstances. Obama switched up her Thom Browne look twice. First, she wore the coat with bare legs and J. Crew pumps. Later, she wore custom knee-length Reed Krakoff boots and added a jeweled J. Crew belt and pink gloves. As much as FLOTUS loves to repeat her outfits, don't expect to see her in this number again. According to the White House, the outfit and accessories will go to the National Archives after the Inauguration.
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