L.A. designer Monique Lhuillier dresses Michelle Obama for nerd prom

TV host Conan O'Brien and First Lady Michelle Obama speak during the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on April 27, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Obama attended the yearly dinner attended by journalists, celebrities and politicians.
(AFP/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic

The White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, affectionately known as the nerd prom, attracted a bevy of stars to Washington, D.C., on Saturday night, including Nicole Kidman, Sofia Vergara, Hayden Panettiere, Jessica Pare, Katy Perry and Olivia Munn.

But when it came to fashion, all eyes were on Michelle Obama, as they always are.

The first lady chose a stunning black chiffon, fitted and draped, goddess-like gown with a high neckline in delicate Chantilly lace and jet black beads by Los Angeles designer Monique Lhuillier. The dress struck the right note between glamour and fun, which is just what the evening called for.


Lhuillier said in an email that it is the first time she has dressed the first lady, and that “it was a dream come true.” The gown was made in Lhuillier’s atelier in Los Angeles. The designer would not divulge when or how Obama ordered the dress, only saying, “I love a good surprise.”

Kidman wore an allover embellished lavendar gown by Emilio Pucci, Perry wore a green strapless gown by Giambattista Valli and Panettiere wore a lemon yellow, Grecian-style Katherine Kidd gown.


Obama, O’Brien headline White House Correspondents’ Dinner

New York Fashion Week Review Spring 2013: Monique Lhuillier

Michelle Obama: First lady of style