Thursday, January 22, 2009

Michelle Obama under fire | The Fashion Dungjen

According to a breaking blurb from Women's Wear Daily, the Black Artist Association is filing a formal complaint against Michelle Obama for her choice in clothing.

Amnau Eele, co-founder of BBA, is making the appeal to the First Lady's office because Obama did not wear any outfits from African-American designers during the inauguration process.

“It’s one thing to look at the world without color but she had seven slots to wear designer clothes. Why wasn’t she wearing the clothes of a black designer? That was our moment,” Eele said to WWD.

Why is it always about race? Why can't we live in the moment of success for the Obama's and not scrutinize Michelle Obama for not wearing a gown or an outfit from an African-American designer? Shouldn't we be thrilled that we are watching history with the inauguration of the first African-American president?

Isabel Toledo, who designed Michelle's lemon-yellow inauguration day outfit is a Cuban-born American. Jason Wu, the young designer who created the gorgeous gown Michelle wore to the ball is a Taiwan-born designer. Narciso Rodriguez is the son of Cuban immigrants.

Seriously, give the woman a break. Lets focus on the color of her dresses, not the color of the designer who made the dresses.

I have a sneeking suspicion that someone is using this historical mooment as a publicity stunt. If so, it's probably working, but she's going to have a lot of people on her case about her decision to file a complaint on the First Lady.

Thoughts? Comments? Concerns? Tell me what you're thinking about this.


Jillian said...

Agreed! As long as the clothes look great it shouldn't matter what the race of the designer is. Fashion is about the color and style of the clothing not about the color of the designer. If she picked a dress just because it was designed by a black designer, that is just encouraging racism and a deeper divide. The fashion industry is about fashion, not about race.

Jamie said...

I don't understand why such a big deal is being made about Michelle Obama's dress. Look at Mrs. Biden's - now there is a winner.

Anyway, I added you to my blog roll, Taylor.