There can only be one!!! A bevvy of possible gown ideas from Women’s Wear Daily from some clearly interested designers:
Who says these are bleak times? On one matter at least, designers are positively euphoric. That is the Obama presidency, a two-part point of light. While much of the glee centers around the President-elect and his policies, Michelle Obama radiates a powerful style all her own. So step aside, Angelina. You too, Madonna, not to mention the bevy of pop tarts, gossip girls, “High School Musical” grads and even potential Oscar divas, now all suddenly second-tier. The American fashion industry hasn’t had a catch this big since, well, since another icon of Democratic chic took up residency on Pennsylvania Avenue in 1961.
… (J)ust about everyone yearns to dress Michelle, who could raise the profile of American fashion around the world. Yet with the exception of Maria Cornejo, her current favorites, as well as a few majors, declined WWD’s request for sketches. Some are loath to presume to offer unsolicited advice, while others, it seems, are definitely in the Inaugural sweepstakes and prefer, or have been asked, to keep their participation low-pro.
I’m still giddily excited about this and I’m STILL awaiting my Shelly O. doll. Where is it? There are crappy Obama plates and cheesy MLK-BHO velvet portraits but I NEED a Michelle Obama Barbie. I will buy 50. I kid you not. Get cracking!
That said, in the sketches that feature Michelle with the girls I have a little bone to pick. In real life, Malia Obama comes to her mother’s shoulder. Michelle is almost six feet tall. At the rate the 10-year-old is growing she could be either starting for the Los Angeles Sparks or strutting the catwalk for New York’s Fashion Week in about four years. In all the sketches, she and her sister, Sasha, are drawn as if they are typical short children when they are the products of two Amazonian parents. Malia is probably taller than me and I’m 5’3″ and stopped growning 18 years ago. Just a quibbile.