First Lady Michelle Obama gave a speech and made a fashion statement at last night’s Democratic National Convention – and both were equally well received.
“I found out Mrs. Obama was wearing one of our designs when she stepped out on stage to make her beautiful speech,” designer Tracy Reese tells EW. “In the midst of [New York Fashion Week] preparations, seeing [her] in one of my designs was a truly extraordinary moment.”
While fans of the FLOTUS’ style can buy the J. Crew “Evelyn” kitten heels ($245) she wore last night, Reese, a Detroit native who launched her NY-based collection in the ‘90s, says the dress is a one-of-a-kind. ”This particular fabric is a rich Italian silk jacquard in a great formal design,” the designer says of the frock.
Praised for drawing an eye to American designers, Mrs. Obama has previously worn dresses by Reese on the covers of Ebony and People.
Twitter reported a rate of 28,003 tweets per minute as Mrs. Obama exited the stage to Beyonce’s “Move Your Body.” “I strive to create pieces that women feel confident in and look great wearing,” Reese says of the runway moment. “Mrs. Obama always evokes so much confidence, strength and humility. She looked beautiful.”
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