A few folks are salty at First Lady Michelle Obama because she did not choose to wear a gown from a black designer during the many Inaugural balls she attended with husband, President Barack Obama:
The Black Artists Association is upset with our new First Lady for not wearing clothes by African-American designers. BAA Cofounder Amnau Eele, who was a runway model for Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, and Bill Blass, told WWD, “It’s fine and good if you want to be all ‘Kumbaya’ and ‘We Are the World’ by representing all different countries. But if you are going to have Isabel Toledo do the inauguration dress, and Jason Wu do the evening gown, why not have Kevan Hall, B Michael, Stephen Burrows or any of the other black designers do something too?” READ MORE / SOURCE
Designer Isabel Toledo is of Cuban descent and Wu is of Asian descent – both are also independent designers.
MUSEUM WANTS ARETHA’S HAT
And back on the subject of Inauguration fashion – Aretha Franklin’s extravagant hat she wore during the ceremony is now wanted by the Smithsonian Museum. However, The Queen Of Soul might have a hard time letting go of the phenomenon:
“I am considering it. It would be hard to part with my chapeau since it was such a crowning moment in history,” says the Queen of Soul. “I would like to smile every time I look back at it and remember what a great moment it was in American and African-American history. Ten cheers for President Obama.” SOURCE
The museum already obtained Michelle Obama’s dress to place in it’s First Lady Gowns exhibit – they hope to have Franklin’s hat to sit in along side Mrs. Obama’s gown.