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Michelle Obama wears Alexander McQueen to state dinner for China

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If you thought the first lady’s fashion sense was mellowing out, think again. Michelle Obama chose a red petal print silk organza gown by Alexander McQueen to wear to Wednesday’s state dinner for the *People’s Republic of China at the White House. The asymmetrical neckline is incredible, and the red color no doubt a nod to China.

McQueen, who died last year, was the fashion world’s rabble-rouser. But this dress was designed by his successor, Sarah Burton. Red is the color of happiness and prosperity in China, a fact of which Mrs. Obama was no doubt keenly aware.

-- Booth Moore

*Updated 1/19/2011 at 6 p.m. An earlier version of this post stated that the White House state dinner is for the Republic of China. It is for the People’s Republic of China.


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