There are few sights more dazzling than Michelle Obama in a custom-made Naeem Khan gown.
The First Lady donned a glimmery metallic strapless dress by the Indian-American designer on Wednesday to welcome Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh and wife Mrs. Gursharan Kaur to the White House, and to host the Obama’s first State Dinner.
Accessorizing with a sophisticated updo, chandelier earrings, stacked diamond bangles and a champagne shawl, Mrs. Obama looked as regal and polished as ever.
Though Naeem Khan is famous for his extravagant designs, the First Lady’s dress was especially exquisite. According to Mrs. Obama’s comments on the gown: “The strapless gown features hand cut sterling silver sequins sewn on nude silk chiffon, which create an abstract floral pattern. The dress is entirely handmade, requiring three weeks of work by 40 people, completed in Naeem Kahn’s family workshop in India.”
Mrs. Obama’s choice of an Indian-American designer is not pure coincidence, but rather a subtle example of her cultural sensitivity and thoughtfulness. In fact, she wore the skirt of another Indian-American designer (and Glamazon favorite) Rachel Roy in an earlier speech about the State Dinner. The significance of the First Lady’s decision to wear lesser-known designers, and to celebrate their Indian-American heritage, was not lost on Naeem Khan:
“I feel so happy to be a part of this historical event between the two countries where my heart lies. I am relieved to have a job well done and am so honored to have been chosen. This is a Thanksgiving in its truest form for me and one that I will never forget—an American dream coming true,” Khan told People.com.
What do you think of Michelle Obama’s gown, Glamazons?