Michelle Obama's Dress By Narcisco Rodriguez Kicks Off Style Craze

Michelle Obama, usually known for wearing dresses by Maria Pinto, The Gap and J. Crew, wore a Narciso Rodriguez creation on-The Gapstage as her husband accepted the presidency last night.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

Mrs. Obama's appearance in Mr. Rodriguez's dress will likely give a boost to the designer. Chicago-based designer Maria Pinto, for example, says she's seen retail orders increase 45% within the last 12 months due in part to Mrs. Obama making key campaign appearances in her dresses.

2008-11-05-0michelle.jpgMr. Rodriguez, who first rose to fame in 1996 after designing Carolyn Bessette's wedding dress, last month terminated his 18-month partnership with Liz Claiborne Inc. over a strategic disagreement. (The designer now owns 100% of his label, which incurred a loss of about $15 million on revenue of about $4 million last year.)

New York Magazine weighed in:

The fashion set has genuine cause to be excited this morning. Not only because last night's victor is Barack Obama -- who the fashion industry overwhelmingly supported and whose campaign they generously helped finance -- but because Michelle Obama shall go with him to the White House with truckloads of fabulous taste and clothes. Last night she wore a dress from Narciso Rodriguez's spring 2009 collection, one of the most critically acclaimed of New York Fashion Week.

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