he dress First Lady Michelle Obama wore at her farewell speech — and the one she wore at her husband’s farewell speech — made subtle statements, according to fashion experts.
During President Barack Obama’s farewell speech in Chicago on Jan. 10, both Michelle and daughter Malia wore dark navy blue dresses, reports Vanity Fair. The magazine also notes that Michelle’s sense of fashion rivals that of Jackie Kennedy.
The color choice signified solidarity, the fashion magazine said, reflecting the references in the president’s speech, which encouraged the multicultural nation to embrace its differences and unite as one. “Because for all our outward differences, we all share the same proud title: Citizen,” he said.
Michelle’s dress was designed by Jason Wu, who also designed her inaugural ball gowns in 2009 and 2013.
In an interview with The New York Times, Wu said: “She is a first lady who looks great and embraces fashion as part of her message. When she first wore my dress, the world took notice. It is easy to have a first fairy tale moment. Her choice four years later was a real testament about how our relationship has lasted and how she has matured into the role—a certain consistency that was almost unexpected.”
For her own farewell speech on Jan. 6, Michelle wore a striking red Narciso Rodriguez dress, which Vanity Fair speculated to be a nod to the incoming Republican administration. She has attracted attention by wearing red in the past, to mixed reviews.
In her farewell remarks, the first lady praised educators in particular. “I want our young people to know that they matter, that they belong. So don’t be afraid,” she advised.
“I want to close today by simply saying thank you,” Michelle said to the educators in the room. “Being your First Lady has been the greatest honor of my life, and I hope I’ve made you proud.”
Sources: Vanity Fair (2) / Photo credit: Hillary Clinton/Instagram, Shutterstock via Vanity Fair