First Lady of Fashion Michelle Obama appears on Vogue’s March cover wearing a magenta silk sheath dress by Jason Wu, who also designed her inaugural gown. Michelle is the second first lady to appear on the cover, (Hillary Clinton was the first, in December 1998).
Mrs. Obama said she is aware of how her wardrobe is being scrutinized, but she makes no apologies for her choices – even the Election Night combination of ripped-from-the-runway, fashion-forward dress and plain-Jane cardigan.
“I’m not going to pretend that I don’t care about it,” she said. “But I also have to be very practical. In the end, someone will always not like what you wear – people just have different tastes.”
In the past, most cover models have their clothes chosen for them by Vogue, or at least editors work as advisers. But not this time, Michelle chose her own outfits for the photo shoot – she chose labels she has worn before: Wu, who made her inaugural gown; Narcisco Rodriguez, the designer of that Election Night dress; and J. Crew, which she and her children have famously worn.