First Lady, Michelle Obama: Her Indian Fashion Connection

Ranjit Rodricks , 01 May 2012
First Lady, Michelle Obama, wears a Naeem Khan gown from the Fall 2011 line
First Lady, Michelle Obama, wears a Naeem Khan gown from the Fall 2011 line

When the First Lady of the United States chooses to wear an outfit by an Indian designer for a State occasion, it’s a matter of national pride.

For the White House Correspondent’s Dinner over the weekend, Michelle Obama wore a paisley-print strapless ballgown in organza, by Mumbai-born designer, Naeem Khan.

However, this is not the first time she’s worn a creation by Naeem.

Michelle Obama wears a Naeem Khan gown for a State dinner with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife
Michelle Obama wears a Naeem Khan gown for a State dinner with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife

In 2009, she wore a metallic column by Naeem for a State dinner for Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh and his wife. Apparently, forty workmen took over three weeks to make this sequined creation.

In 2010, the First Lady wore a beaded Naeem Khan gown to the Kennedy Centre Honours
In 2010, the First Lady wore a beaded Naeem Khan gown to the Kennedy Centre Honours

In 2010, Mrs. Obama again chose to wear Naeem Khan to the 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors. The sleeveless gown was embellished with matte crushed sequins and abstract windblown roses on scarlet tulle.

Michelle Obama wears Naeem Khan for a State dinner for Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor in 2011
Michelle Obama wears Naeem Khan for a State dinner for Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor in 2011

In 2011, Michelle Obama again chose an ivory, beaded column from Naeem Khan for a State Dinner for German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

Mrs. Obama rocks a Naeem Khan dress even in Brazil
Mrs. Obama rocks a Naeem Khan dress even in Brazil

But it’s not only on home-turf that Michelle Obama wears Naeem Khan. In 2011, she wore a knee-length embroidered dress by the designer to a reception hosted by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at the Palacio da Alvorada.

Clearly, Naeem Khan has come to be an integral part of Michelle Obama’s style legacy and we as Indians, couldn’t be more proud!

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