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Michelle Obama chooses a custom Christian Siriano dress for her Democratic convention speech

Michelle Obama in custom Christian Siriano
For her Democratic National Convention speech in Philadelphia on July 25, First Lady Michelle Obama chose a cobalt blue custom-made dress by Christian Siriano.
(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

Michelle Obama went as low-key as Melania Trump had gone high-style, choosing to deliver her convention speech in a cobalt-blue silk crepe A-line dress with cap sleeves.

The dress, custom-made by New York-based designer Christian Siriano, who shot to fame after winning the fourth season of “Project Runway” in 2008, fell to just below the knee and was paired with a pair of metallic heels that industry trade publication Footwear News identifies as Jimmy Choo pumps.

It was a comparatively toned-done convention look for the first lady, who opted for an elegant custom dress in a shimmery pink-and-gold brocade print (also sleeveless) by New York based Tracy Reese in 2012 and a teal sheath dress by Chicago-based designer Maria Pinto for the 2008 convention, which she accessorized with a starburst brooch.

According to Footwear News, Michelle Obama chose to deliver her convention speech in a pair of metallic Jimmy Choo pumps.
According to Footwear News, Michelle Obama chose to deliver her convention speech in a pair of metallic Jimmy Choo pumps.
(Brendan Smialowski /AFP/Getty Images )
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Although the dress was custom-made for Obama, a similar-looking cobalt-blue cap-sleeve dress at the designer’s website is priced at $995  and currently is available for purchase.

By comparison, Trump delivered her Republican convention speech last week in a $2,190 pouf-sleeved ivory-colored dress by London-based designer Roksanda Ilincic. 

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