by Charles S. Mombo
This morning, all eyes were on what America’s Best-Dressed First Lady, Michelle Obama, was wearing. The First Lady's Inauguration Day designer is no longer a secret. Her dress was designed by American designer Thom Browne.
On her way to church, First Lady Michelle Obama wore a navy coat and dress designed by Browne. The fabric for her outfit was developed based on the style of a man's silk tie. Her belt is by J.Crew and her necklace was designed by Cathy Waterman. She also wore a J.Crew shoes.
The Obamas older daughter, Malia, wore a J.Crew ensemble. Sasha, the younger daughter, wore a Kate Spade coat and dress. The First Lady is no stranger to Browne's design. She wore a dress designed by him at the Boca Raton debate. In July, she honored Browne at the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards.
Who is Thom Browne?
According to wikipedia, Thom Browne is a 48-year-old American fashion designer. He is the founder and head of design for Thom Browne, a New York City-based menswear and womenswear brand. Browne was named the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Menswear Designer of the Year in March 2006 and named the GQ Designer of the Year in November 2008. Browne grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he graduated from William Allen High School. He then attended the University of Notre Dame, where he received a degree in economics. He was also a member of the swim team. Following an attempt at acting in Los Angeles, Browne moved to New York City in 1997 for a job as a salesman in Giorgio Armani’s showroom. Browne was picked up by Club Monaco, a brand of the Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, to lead its creative development team. He worked with American fashion designer Ralph Lauren in this capacity. Browne spent several years at Club Monaco leading its design department before launching his own label.
At the end of the Inaugural festivities, the first lady's outfit and accompanying accessories will go to the National Archives.