First Lady Michelle Obama’s Inauguration Day Style

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First Lady Michelle Obama sports a red Jason Wu dress as she supports her husband at the Inaugural Ball Monday. (Pool photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/MCT)

From J Crew to Jason Wu, First Lady Michelle Obama has been setting fashion trends since her husband first stepped foot on the campaign for presidency. With Monday night’s red inaugural ball gown, Mrs. Obama has surely secured her spot as one of the nation’s most influential style icons.

Mrs. Obama’s Inauguration Day outfit consisted of a coat by Thom Browne accompanied by accents from J Crew, Cathy Waterman, and Reed Krakoff. Mrs. Obama has often been commended for this mix of high-end and commercial clothing.

Jenna Lyons, creative director for J Crew, told the Associated Press that it was “a huge point of pride” for the company to be a part of the day.

The First Lady’s gown at the Inauguration Ball, designed by Jason Wu, was made of red chiffon and velvet. The stunning halter dress is Mr. Wu’s second inaugural gown. He also designed Mrs. Obama’s white one-shoulder dress for the 2009 Inaugural Ball.

“To have done it once was already the experience of my life,” Mr. Wu told the Associated Press of designing an inaugural gown. “To have a second time is tremendous.”

Mrs. Obama’s Inauguration Day outfits will now go to the National Archives at the Smithsonian where they will reside alongside the gowns of previous First Ladies. Her legacy of clean, elegant style will live on.