Matters Of State: Michelle Obama Goes British

20/01/2011 11:59 | Updated 22 May 2015

Michelle rocks McQueen. AFP/Getty

Michelle Obama knows that when she makes a sartorial choice, all eyes are on her (almost as much as they're on her husband every time he makes a policy decision).

The First Lady made a fashion statement at last night's state dinner in Washington with Chinese president Hu Jintao (and fashionable guests including Vogue's Anna Wintour and Vera Wang) as she opted for a draped red petal-print silk organza Alexander McQueen gown (designed by Sarah Burton, who is creative director of the brand).

While she didn't champion an American designer (as per her usual style), she did pay homage to the Chinese - red is a symbol of wealth and prosperity in Chinese culture. The First Lady finished off the look with an elegant updo and drop earrings.

Obama looked radiant, but was picking a British designer for such a high-profile event a controversial choice? Leave a comment and let us know.


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