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Obama Chooses Wu

First Lady opts for gown by Jason Wu.

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a gown by Jason Wu, dance at the Leadoff Neighborhood Inaugural Ball.

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a gown by Jason Wu, dance at the Leadoff Neighborhood Inaugural Ball.

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After much secrecy and waiting for the first black tie photo-op, Michelle and Barack Obama looked more like newlyweds than the new administration and why not?

 

The freshly-minted First Couple turned up Tuesday night dressed to the nines – she in a one-shoulder, ethereal ivory Jason Wu gown and he in white tie and a custom Hart Schaffner Marx tuxedo.

 

Denzel Washington served as the surrogate wedding planner welcoming the new President and his wife to the first of what would be many festivities.

Like most of the other designer styles worn by the First Lady in recent days, Jason Wu routed the gown through Ikram Goldman in Chicago. He whipped up a one-of-a-kind ivory silk chiffon dress with silk organza flowers, Swarovski crystal rhinestones and silver thread embroidery.

At home with friends Tuesday night when he first caught a glimpse of his confection on TV, Wu said he was “amazed and awestruck.”

“I had no idea,” he said. “I found out with everyone else which was pretty fabulous when you think about it.”

While Barack Obama has repeatedly pledged a new dawn for politics, his wife is proving to deliver just as much for fashion.