It's always a joy to see First Lady Michelle Obama support homegrown design talent with her fashion choices, as she famously has with the likes of Jason Wu, Narciso Rodriguez, Tracy Reese and many more. But on Tuesday night, she made a major statement at a White House state dinner honoring Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore and his wife Ho Ching by wearing an ivory sponge crepe gown designed by Brandon Maxwell, who only debuted his line at New York Fashion Week last September.
Paired with dramatic diamond earrings and a tucked chignon, Mrs. Obama easily scored one of our favorite state dinner looks yet.
Maxwell is perhaps best known for styling Lady Gaga, with whom he still works, but in the months since he launched his eponymous black-and-white, minimalist collection, his profile as an eveningwear designer has risen dramatically. The New York-based designer made the short list for the 2016 LVMH Prize and won the Swarovski Award for Womenswear at the 2016 CFDA Awards.
“It has been an incredible honor for me and my team to create this dress for the First Lady," said Maxwell via e-mail to WWD. "Strong and elegant, she is the embodiment of the woman that inspires me to create, and a role model for women all over the world.”
While the First Lady is without a doubt Maxwell's highest profile "red carpet" moment to date — not to equate state dinners with red carpets, but for designers they provide similar visibility — he's already had his share of exciting celebrity moments. In the last year, he's dressed Naomi Campbell, Kerry Washington, Iman, Karlie Kloss and, of course, Lady Gaga.