Who will she wear?
President and Michelle Obama on inaugural night in 2009. She wore a Jason Wu-designed gown.
Here’s our unofficial list of contenders to design the first lady’s dress for 2013 ….
Given her choice of Michael Kors’s dresses (including some repeat wearings) the former “Project Runway’’ judge has a good chance at designing the coveted dress. His biggest drawback: He’s a well-known and established designer. Mrs. Obama wore a Kors dress on election night.
Pictured: Mrs. Obama wore a one-shoulder Michael Kors gown to the the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 42nd Annual Phoenix Awards dinner on Sept. 22, 2012.
Their designs were once edgy, creepy, and nearly unwearable. But after the initial shock value, sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy have ditched the weirdness and now favor far more feminine looks, suitable for the president’s wife.
Pictured: Mrs. Obama in a royal blue lame Rodarte dress before a Hanukkah reception on Dec. 8, 2011 in the Grand Foyer of the White House.
Wang’s diaphanous dresses have become increasingly cutting edge. That’s in keeping with Obama’s interest in favoring designs that are daring, but still have wide appeal.
Pictured: The first lady wore a cobalt blue Vera Wang to the 34th Kennedy Center Honors on Dec. 4, 2011.
Obama has been a champion of African-American designers, and she’s worn Reese designs on at least 15 occasions, including the night of her speech at the Democratic National Convention (pictured) in September. Initially, the DNC dress was a one-of-a-kind creation made specifically for the first lady. But the pink frock was such a hit that Reese is now selling it.
The duo of Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig design the kind of dresses that Cinderella would have worn to the ball — full skirts piled with layer upon layer of tulle. Marchesa gowns are regularly seen on the red carpet and have been worn by everyone from Jennifer Lopez to Halle Barry. But are the gowns too frothy for her taste (and out of step with the country’s economic climate)?
Pictured: Mrs. Obama wearing a teal Marchesa gown at the White House state dinner on March 14, 2012 with Samantha Cameron, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, and President Barack Obama.
Mrs. Obama is frequently spotted in Rodriguez’s clean-lined designs. Her most memorable appearance in Rodriguez was Election Night 2008. The red and black graphic dress (pictured) drew some criticism, but that didn’t stop the first lady from wearing his designs repeatedly over the past four years.
The designer has been a favorite of Mrs. Obama — she wore a stunning gold Khan gown to a state dinner for the prime minister of India. But Obama may decide to steer clear of Khan because he is currently being sued by two fabric merchants who claim they were not paid by the designer.
Pictured: The first lady wore Naeem Khan as she walked out with her husband, President Barack Obama, to welcome German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband, Joachim Sauer, as they arrived for the State Dinner in Washington on June 7, 2011.