Michelle Obama Shines in Atelier Versace at State Dinner

The First Lady went with some serious sparkle for her last state dinner as host.
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The First Lady went with some serious sparkle for her last state dinner as host.
Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

With just weeks left to go in their administration, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted their final state dinner on Tuesday night in Washington, D.C., honoring the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Mrs. Agnese Landini. Always a glitzy occasion (Mobama has worn Alexander McQueen, Marchesa, Carolina Herrera, Jason Wu and Brandon Maxwell in the past), we had high expectations for her ensemble choice — and, unsurprisingly, she surpassed them.

Perhaps in keeping with the Italian theme — celebrity chef Mario Batali was in charge of the fancy menu, as well — Obama chose a custom-made, rose gold chainmail gown by Atelier Versace, a celebrity red carpet favorite. Designer Donatella Versace created the piece specifically for the special evening, and in a statement, she said: "I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to dress the First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama. Thank you Michelle for all of the things you have done for America and for the rest of the world, for the women in the United States and the rest of the world."

With its slightly off-the-shoulder neckline, draping at the bust and ruching at the waist, it's a statement-making showstopper that's both festive and classic. Talk about going out in style. (We'd be remiss not to mention how dapper the President looks in his tux, too. Please, please don't leave us. Washington doesn't get much chicer than this.)

Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

This post was updated to include a statement from Donatella Versace.