FROM LEFT: Carlos Miele; Dennis Basso; J. Mendel; Elie Tahari; Badgley Mischka. BELOW: Malia, Michelle, and Sasha Obama.
1. “Michelle has an international and sophisticated image that connects to people all over the world. Since she has a progressive sense of fashion, for this occasion she would look great in a sleek, fitted, brightcolored gown with an asymmetric neckline that highlights her incredible silhouette.” — CARLOS MIELE
2. “I believe this is the most flattering shape for Mrs. Obama and is in keeping with her own personal style. The off-the-shoulder look is a touch revealing yet extremely ladylike. The three-quarter-length sleeve allows the freedom of not dealing with a wrap or jacket, keeping the look young, modern, and elegant.” — DENNIS BASSO
3. “I think my white silk-crepe column gown would be the perfect inaugural choice for Michelle Obama. The fabric is a sophisticated, modern, and comfortable choice, while the silhouette will flatter her frame. I also love the fact that the dress is white, so it becomes vaguely reminiscent of the one Jackie Kennedy wore to her husband’s inaugural ball.” — GILLES MENDEL
4. “For the inauguration gala, Mrs. Obama should wear something that is modern and glamorous but simple, which is her look. This double-faced silk-satin column dress that I designed is very elegant, and the purple-gray hue would complement her skin tone. The crystal-encrusted bow at the shoulder adds an element of femininity, while the draping at the side creates a dramatic effect.” — ELIE TAHARI
5. “We see Mrs. Obama in a simple, elegant silhouette in a flash of bold color. We think she would be stunning in this azure blue, matte satin, one-shoulder fishtail gown.” — MARK BADGLEY AND JAMES MISCHKA
Past in Present Two first ladies with impeccable inaugural style.
FROM LEFT: Jacqueline Kennedy making an entrance on the arm of the newly elected President John F. Kennedy; Nancy Reagan dancing with her husband, President Ronald Reagan.