Michelle Obama Repeats Michael Kors Dress on Election Night

As her husband wins a second White House term, the First Lady celebrates in a burgundy shift

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First Lady Michelle Obama waves to the crowd before President Barack Obama's victory speech in Chicago on Nov. 7, 2012

American voters may have been divided about Barack Obama and Mitt Romney this election, but the fashion community has been unequivocal in its support for First Lady Michelle Obama since she appeared on the campaign trail during her husband’s first White House bid. Several designers, such as Marc Jacobs and Tory Burch, contributed items to Runway to Win, a fundraising effort for the President’s successful re-election bid, while designers like Diane von Furstenberg sought to distance themselves from Ann Romney when she appeared in their designs. It’s safe to say, then, that the fashion industry is applauding the fact that it will have another four years to dress the First Lady — and continue to wax poetic about her sartorial sense.

(MORE: Michelle Obama’s Defining Fashion Moments)

They can start with her outfit tonight — a burgundy Michael Kors shift and black blazer that she also wore in November 2010 at a Medal of Honor presentation ceremony. It was a bit more toned down than her dress on election night in 2008, when she celebrated her husband’s victory in a bright-red-and-black Narciso Rodriguez dress. (For her part, Romney repeated her Republican National Convention look this evening with a red, three-quarter-length-sleeve shift dress that she accessorized with a chunky necklace and black pumps.) Kors is a frequent choice for the First Lady, and she even posed for her official portrait wearing a sleeveless Kors shift. The fact that it’s a repeat dress is also symbolic: throughout the campaign, she has recycled outfits in an attempt — critics say — to appear frugal and cognizant of an economy that’s been stubborn to recover. Regardless her motives tonight, the dress will surely be remembered and talked about for years, and kicks off what’s likely to be an equally fashionable second term for the First Lady.

15 comments
ReddVelvyt
ReddVelvyt

wth-- is this all people have to do--criticize mrs. obama's wardrobe? Good Grief--what are we in high school here?  --first of all she can well afford any dress she wants--they didn't come to the white house as paupers after all..and its not up to her to promote any designer..i think some of ua focus more on the dumbsht than on what's really important in this world..and mrs. obama's dresse sure ain't one of em... jeez!

JJR35939612
JJR35939612

@TIME @TIMEStyle This was Her chance to Promote American Designers...Not to recycle a Dress...Another Missed opportunity

jeresponderay
jeresponderay

@TIME @timestyle It's called fashion-superstition.

Nkululeko Nzimande
Nkululeko Nzimande

Im sure they must have voted for Obama to dress michel cause maybe Mrs Romney dont have fashion taste (denim type of lady)

AngieRodr
AngieRodr

She looked stunning, as always. I'm not sure why anyone would be up in arms about her recycling a dress. Everyone does it. And if she didn't, critics would call her a big spender. When she does, it's in bad form. Blah blah blah. She looked great.

TanyaHazou
TanyaHazou

@TIME She should've worn something new. Her hubby is President & got reelected. Bad choice! She could've worn it again for anything else.

Kenny Baker
Kenny Baker

Michelle looked good. Though I must say Ann Romney was rockin' it too for an older broad. Yeah, I said it.

ElaineMcIntoshHatcher
ElaineMcIntoshHatcher

In the past four  years she has worn some of the most obnoxious looking outfits.

Peter Minton
Peter Minton

Is she paying for them or.are they donations? So, thusly, is she paying.sales tax or unearned income tax? IRS audit.please.

Michelle Tafoya
Michelle Tafoya

Let's all look at what we are wearing today and call it good too, she is an American with both feet on the ground, a wife, mother, daughter, etc.

Ron Bigilin
Ron Bigilin

NOTE to time magazine, are you saying you never wear the same clothes twice? seriously, shut up.

Roger Layton
Roger Layton

Better buy some more drapes for the White House because that's what it looks like she wears.

Ron Bigilin
Ron Bigilin

Our first lady deserves respect for her choices, they are not flown in or bought off a rack that has been produced. I like a lady with the absolute choice of living like an american. high class here people.

Cathie Chansamone
Cathie Chansamone

she dresses like a normal working mom. Sometimes nice and sometimes casual. for which she has been condemned. for not looking white enough... or walking right. ugh.