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Peter Soronen: The Designer Behind Mellody Hobson's Wedding Gown (PHOTO)

Any designer who can dress the first lady for a state dinner as well as a bride on her wedding day has some serious style chops. Peter Soronen is just that designer, having created Mellody Hobson's gown for her wedding to George Lucas this weekend.

Soronen is known for his glamorously draped evening wear, worn most famously by Michelle Obama at several high-profile events, as well as the corset-like closures on the back of his gowns. He began his career in Chicago turning vintage corset patterns into modern-day dresses, and moved his company to New York in 1998 as his frocks became more and more popular. His creations expanded into runway-ready collections by 2007, and in 2012, Soronen returned to his roots with the Peter Soronen Corsets, a line of custom-designed bustiers.

Soronen's profile rose further when the first lady started wearing his designs as early as January 2008, when she was on the campaign trail with then-Senator Obama. She chose a Soronen dress for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, a Soronen corset belt for the 2009 Time 100 Gala, a shimmering Soronen dress for her first black tie White House event and an eye-catching Soronen gown for a state dinner in 2009.

Soronen took a bridal turn for Hobson's wedding dress, a classic bridal confection complete with off-the-shoulder straps and an intricately beaded bodice. The bride changed skirts between the ceremony and the party, and she will be wearing a second Soronen dress for a post-wedding party in Chicago this coming weekend.

An appropriate choice, given Soronen's roots. See the bride's gorgeous gown below!


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