Michelle Obama's Latest Choice... Backstage Pass to Galliano...

Michelle Obama wears yet another new designer (Sophie Theallet) and familiar silhouette (narrow waist, full skirt).

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MICHELLE’S LATEST CHOICE: For the unveiling of the bust of abolitionist Sojourner Truth at Emancipation Hall on Tuesday, Michelle Obama chose yet another new designer (Sophie Theallet) and familiar silhouette (narrow waist, full skirt). Yet the choice was especially savvy given that Theallet, a French-born, Brooklyn-based designer who is a 10-year veteran of Azzedine Alaïa (another Obama fave), was the only designer to use an entire casting of black models for her debut spring 2009 runway show. “When I was designing that first show, which was before the election, I was just thinking about colors,” said Theallet, who noted she found out the First Lady was wearing the striped shirt dress while poking around the Internet on Tuesday afternoon. “I think that black models and black skin are very beautiful, and I wanted to express that. When people saw my clothes, they said, ‘Oh, Michelle, she would be so good in these clothes.’ She’s a beautiful lady and she is very well-dressed and she looks stunning all the time. Especially on this day, for this occasion, I’m honored.” About a month ago, Theallet said, she sent the shirt dress to Ikram Goldman, the Chicago boutique owner who has been acting as Obama’s personal shopper and stylist. While Goldman’s store, Ikram, does not carry Theallet’s line, Goldman did attend Theallet’s fall 2009 runway show, and Goldman herself placed the order for the dress, the measurements for which Theallet respectfully declined to give. Theallet did add the dress, which is sold at Jeffrey and Barneys New York, was accounted for once it arrived: “My business partner handles these things, but yes, it was paid for. Someone sent a check.”

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