Washington D.C. (CNS) – First lady Michelle Obama chose to wear designer Michael Kors’ dress for her first official White House portrait. The black crepe jersey racer-back gown in sleeveless was custom made for the First Lady.
The bonded crepe jersey was shown in Kors’s spring 2009 show “Project Runway.” The design specifications were provided by Obama’s “unofficial style guru” Ikram Goldman.
Goldman, the 41-year-old Chicago boutique owner, also helped the First Lady select her critically acclaimed fluffy Jason Wu inaugural wardrobe.
However, the first lady’s sleeveless dress has sparked a row of criticism from fashion critics who call the bare-armed look “out of season and too informal” for the White House portrait.
The Chicago Tribune newspaper in Obama’s hometown has been flooded with complaints from many readers who talked about how the dress looked inappropriate for winter season.
Forty-five year old Obama has also graced the March cover of U.S. Vogue and a recent issue of People magazine. Her signature styles have been a huge talking point among the fashion elite.