Nabeschouwing: Michelle Obama's 47 belangrijkste modemomenten

Voor Michelle was kleding een eigen soort politiek.

O, Michelle Obama. Wat heeft Melania Trump toch knoeperds van schoenen te vullen. Poe, poe, en nog 'ns poe. Knoeperds van schoenen als het gaat over een waardige first lady zijn - met normale normen en waarden, en zo. Maar ook als het aankomt op een reuzestijlvolle first lady zijn. Een die met haar kleren nooit schreeuwt, maar hups doch vastberaden fluistert.

Ja. Van d'r begindagen in 2008 tot de laatste loodjes eind 2016: Michelle heeft de kunst van het kleden begrepen en heeft dames heren modepers eindeloos veel gelegenheden gegeven om dier outfits te analyseren (bij Michelle Obama was een mooie jurk zelden gewoon Een Mooie Jurk), becommentariëren maar bovenal te voorzien van een heleboel pluimen.

'She will be remembered, certainly, for the way she used fashion as a form of communication,' aldus Pulitzer-prijswinnaar en modecriticus Robin Givhan. Voor Michelle was kleding een eigen soort politiek. Heel bewust koos ze voor jonge ontwerpers van verschillende achtergronden. Naar staatsdiners droeg ze steevast japonnen van ontwerpers die iets van doen hadden met het land waar het staatsdiner plaatsvond. Ze mixte fast fashion met high fashion om te bewijzen dat mode echt wel voor iedereen bereikbaar was.

'In short, she changed the way we think a first lady should dress and, in the process, inspired millions of women to have the guts to redefine their own wardrobes,' schrijft erover.

'In many ways, she has shown us that power can be pretty,' vertelt modejournalist Kate Betts. 'Women can dress for themselves and write their own rules when it comes to their wardrobes. They don't have to dress to fit into some subscribed code or some pre-existing notion of what power looks like.'

Maar misschien het belangrijkste van al: 'Really, she wore what pleased her,' aldus Givhan. 'The pleasure of fashion was never lost in the complicated diplomatic conversation.' maakte een eregalerie voor en van Michelle Obama, met daarin de 47 memorabelste modemomenten van de first lady op een rij. Die delen we graag met je.

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When: June 3, 2008

Where: An election night rally in St. Paul, Minnesota after Obama had clinched the Democratic nomination

Wearing: Maria Pinto sheath, Alaïa belt, pearls

Why it mattered: It was the fist bump seen round the world and the first glimpse of what we could expect from the formidable first couple—not least because of Michelle's eye-catching ensemble. "I think [Michelle] will be remembered for the way she used fashion as a form of a communication," says fashion critic Robin Givhan. Much like the fist bump, Michelle's singular style—the bold, jewel tone sheath dress, the unexpected and modern belt—helped set the tone for Obama's campaign message of hope, change—and an more diverse future.

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When: August 25, 2008

Where: Day one of the DNC in Denver, Colorado

Wearing: Maria Pinto dress, her own brooch

Why it mattered: It was at the Democratic National Convention in 2008 that Michelle's style really began to make waves, further establishing her mastery of bold colors and unconventional accessories. "I think the thing we remember most is that pin," says Beth Dincuff, a fashion historian and professor at Parsons The New School for Design. "It showed she was willing to take risks and be original. Not a lot of people are wearing pins like this."

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When: January 26, 2008

Where: Victory rally at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, South Carolina

Wearing: Unknown

Why it mattered: The First Lady's style is still emerging here. "I think this look is a little subdued," says Dincuff. "She's playing it safe. At the same time, she's still embracing color with her signature confidence."

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When: November 4, 2008

Where: An election night gathering in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois

Wearing: Narciso Rodriguez dress and black cardigan

Why it mattered: As First Lady, Michelle's public image is inextricably tied to being a wife and mother; On election night, she communicated that role beautifully with a Narciso Rodriguez dress that managed to stand out and blend in with her daughters and husband. "It's not matchy-matchy but it's definitely coordinating," says Dincuff. "It sends a message that the family is unified and strong together."

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When: October 27, 2008

Where: The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Wearing: J.Crew

Why it mattered: When she appeared on The Tonight Show for the first time as First Lady-Elect, Michelle made headlines for eschewing a designer name in favor of mall brand J.Crew. "It sent the message that style doesn't have to be exclusive, it doesn't have to be expensive," says Betts. That democratic approach hit a chord with American women, who were soon flocking to the retailer in order to recreate her look. The items quickly sold out, J.Crew's stock price climbed 25 percent in three days—and the Michelle Obama effect was born.

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When: January 20, 2009

Where: The Inaugural Parade in Washington, DC

Wearing: Isabel Toledo dress and coat, Nina Ricci cardigan, Jimmy Choo heels, and J.Crew leather gloves

Why it mattered: For Inauguration Day, Michelle chose a lemongrass ensemble designed by Isabel Toledo. The color is unusual but uplifting—again keeping in line with the message of her husband's campaign. Also significant was the designer, Cuban-born Toledo whose name, though beloved by fashion insiders, is far from a household one. "First ladies traditionally stick to one designer, but Mrs. Obama made a point of wearing clothes from a wide range of young, multi-cultural designers which sent a message of inclusiveness and great support for the fashion industry," notes Betts.

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When: January 20, 2009

Where: The Neighborhood Ball in Washington, DC (the first of 10 inaugural balls)

Wearing: Jason Wu one-shouldered chiffon gown

Why it mattered: Michelle's fashion sense had already earned her kudos on the campaign trail, but it wasn't until she stepped out in this Jason Wu number at her husband's first inauguration that her status as a style icon (and duh, First Lady) was cemented. "It sent a really powerful message in both the look and the origins," says Betts. "Firstly a white gown signified new beginnings, a fresh start and hope—which was the message of her husband's campaign. Then to pick a relatively unknown designer, a first-generation American, set a powerful tone of inclusiveness and promise." In other words, this look announced to the world what kind of First Lady—and fashion plate—Michelle Obama would be.

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When: February 2009

Where: The Blue Room of the White House for the official portrait

Wearing: Michael Kors dress and double stranded pearls

Why it mattered: Controversy erupted in 2009 when Michelle chose to wear a sleeveless dress for her official White House portrait. While some critics deemed her exposed arms 'inappropriate,' Givhan thinks the furor has more to do a shift in the way we perceive women—and particularly women of color. "I think it was not so much that she was sleeveless but that she reflected in her body this kind of strength that was also a reflection of how women's lives had changed," says Givhan. "Nancy Reagan went sleeveless but a lot has changed since Nancy Reagan's heyday. I mean, women box for fun today. They work out. All of those things are reflected in her person. It's also one of the reasons why she was particularly captivating to women because they know what it takes to get those arms."

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When: April 2, 2009

Where: A visit to the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Secondary School in Borough of Islington, London, England

Wearing: Argyle cardigan over full-skirted dress

Why it mattered: Michelle Obama has done more for the cardigan than even Mr. Rogers. According to NPR, the First Lady helped "save the cardigan" from its dowdy reputation. "The cardigan used to be something to keep you warm in the workplace," Teri Agins, who covered the fashion industry for the Wall Street Journal for years, told the radio program. "It was not really an accessory you left on—unless you wore it as part of a twin set." It was outfits like these—consisting of an argyle cardigan over a brightly colored full-skirted dress—that helped change that.

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When: April 1, 2009

Where: At Downing Street in London during Obama's first to the UK visit as President

Wearing: J.Crew cardigan

Why it mattered: This look, worn on her first official visit to London as First Lady in 2009, proved the Michelle Obama effect was alive and well overseas. Just hours after she stepped out in this bejeweled J.Crew cardigan it sold out online. Meanwhile, the British and European press were so enamored with her style, that the Telegraph hailed her as a "the black Jackie Kennedy, the first presidential spouse in four decades to be a fashion icon as well as First Lady."

Bron: ELLE