The Dress of Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama, the First Lady of the United States, received great reviews on her dress at the Democratic National Convention. The dress was designed by Detroit – born designer, Tracy Reese. Mrs. Obama has worn designs by Tracy Reese 15 times previously. The dress was a custom made sleeveless dress (daring, according to a few). It was a fuschia colored brocade dress. (Brocade means a heavy decorative Jacquard – weave fabric with a raised design typically featuring a floral motif. Jacquard – weave is a knitting technique that enables elaborate design motifs to be worked into the fabric). The embroidery was silver and the trim was a combination of aqua blue and silver. This dress was specifically tailored for the First Lady, it was fitted especially though the bust and bodice giving a snug but flattering appearance which also carefully showed off the silhouette. Presently, the dress is not available, but designer, Tracy Reese says they are racing to produce these for sale to the public. The expected price should be between $300 and $450. Tracy Reese dresses can be found on-line or in many fine ladies clothing stores.
The accompanying shoes were J. Crew Rhubarb Everly Suede pumps retailing for $245. The shoes were made in Italy.
The Dress of Ann Romney
At the Republican National Convention, Ann Romney, the wife of Mitt Romney, the Republican Party’s nominee for President, wore a more traditional dress with a more traditional color in keeping with the Republican Party – red. Ann Romney wore a red silk taffeta dress with cuffed sleeves, a thick red belt and a small V – neck. The color has been described as somewhere between Fire Engine and Jolly Rancher Red. The dress was designed by Oscar de la Renta. The retail price according to the NY Times was $1,990. Oscar de la Renta makes dresses either in Italy or in the U.S.A. This dress is available from Oscar de la Renta from the Pre-fall 2012 collection. Oscar de la Renta dresses can be found in Oscar de la Renta stores as well as fine women’s clothing stores as well as at various department stores such as Bloomingdales, some Nordstroms, Nieman Marcus and Sak’s Fifth Avenue.
Although, these conventions revolve around politics, it seems that fashion always creeps into the conversation when it comes to women speakers. Women have always been judged by a different standard than men, the question for future generations is: will this always be the case? Relevance to clothing made in USA – Oscar de la Renta does makes some clothing in the USA. Tracy Reese, although, an American designer, it appears from perusing their website, makes clothing that is manufactured in other countries.
“Beauty is composed of an eternal, invariable element whose quantity is extremely difficult to determine, and a relative element which might be, either by turns or all at once, period, fashion, moral, passion.” -Jean Luc Godard