Michelle Obama: Dressed for Success

Would-be first lady evokes Camelot as look mixes biz, beauty
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2008 3:17 PM CDT
Barack Obama arrives for a election night rally with his wife Michelle in St. Paul, Minn. Tuesday, June 3, 2008.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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(Newser) – When Barack Obama declared victory in the Democratic race this week, his wife was also drawing some attention, the New York Times reports. Sporting a $900 sleeveless purple number, Michelle Obama looked primed to be first lady—just not first hostess. “The purple dress, the legs that I have to believe were bare, all say, ‘I’m here to do business,’” one beauty expert said.

Mrs. Obama’s taste for gumball-sized pearls and streamlined faux-retro dresses evokes two unlikely first ladies: Jackie Kennedy and Barbara Bush. Like Barbara, Michelle uses humor to bring her husband down to earth, but it’s the Jacky O comparison she likely prefers. “A black Camelot moment is the right moment for the Obamas,” said one Vogue editor.