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with contributions from Kristi Ellis
 on April 28, 2015


It was a twofer for Tadashi Shoji Tuesday who had the good fortune of having Michelle Obama choose two of his designs for Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife’s visit to The Beltway.

The Japanese-born Los Angeles-based designer knows his way around the globe, having sponsored the Miss Universe contest among other things. Thanks to Tuesday’s double showing by FLOTUS, the multimillionaire designer will no doubt gain global publicity.

The first lady wore a purple gown designed by Tadashi Shoji while hosting the Japanese Prime Minister and his wife at a State Dinner. The gown included a feather motif and an embroidered tulle full skirt. The gown is from the fall collection.

Tuesday’s State Dinner was the first since 2011 to be held indoors, as opposed to holding it on the south lawn under a tent. Guests were in store for a five-course fusion meal by “Iron Chef’s” Masaharu Morimoto served on the first family’s new Hawaiian-inspired china with a blue border.

Earlier in the day, Obama also went with a Tadashi Shoji dress for an appearance with the prime minister’s wife, Akie Abe, at Great Falls Elementary School in Great Falls, Va. FLOTUS turned up in a modified version of a multicolored floral lace dress with sheer banded inset from the designer’s spring collection.

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