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Celebrating the Arts

(Thank you to everyone who linked to this!)

Mrs. O at the Met (in Isaac!)

Photo by Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

Photo by Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

Mrs. O was in New York today, to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Metropolitan Museum of Art American Wing. She found good company in Mayor Michael Bloomberg, pictured on the left.

Per the AP:

"The arts are not just a nice thing to have or to do if there is free time or if one can afford it," Mrs. O told the crowd. "Rather, paintings and poetry, music and fashion, design and dialogue, they all define who we are as a people and provide an account of our history for the next generation."

Update: First Lady Mrs. O wore Pre-Fall 2009 Isaac Mizrahi for the event! The dress and coat are purple silk wool. Click here to see the runway version of the ensemble. (Isaac's team was peeking at Mrs-O.org earlier. Click here to see. Whee!)

This evening Mrs. O will attend the American Ballet Opening Spring Gala at the Metropolitan Opera House. Stay tuned.


Behind the Scenes

New photos from the White House Flickr stream. We like! The top two photos are from the Os Cinco de Mayo celebration at the White House, where Mrs. O wore Moschino. The bottom photo is from Mrs. O's recent trip to New York, and features a green floral skirt that we've not seen before. P050409SA-0939Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton P050409PS-0600Official White House Photo by Pete Souza P050509SA-0005Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton

Cap and Michael Kors Gown

Mrs. O gave the commencement speech at the University of California, Merced this afternoon. After their successful "Dear Michelle" letter writing campaign, graduating students successfully secured the First Lady as their commencement speaker.

Underneath her commencement gown, Mrs. O wore a Michael Kors black tank dress in bonded jersey, the same worn for her official White House portrait. (Of note, the ombre effect in the photo below is simply a photo flash.) Mrs. O added a black flower pin at the left shoulder, the same Mrs. O wore for her appearance on The View almost a year ago.

Photo by David Paul Morris/Getty Images


Influence and Inspiration

Happy Saturday! While we await Mrs. O's appearance at the University of California, Merced, we wanted to share two pieces that inspired us this week.

The first is from Janelle, a regular on Mrs-O.org. Some of you may have already caught this in the comments, but we thought it merited a post of its own (which Janelle has kindly agreed to).

Janelle writes:

"The day of the Sojourner Truth event, after getting designer info from Mrs. T as to who designed the marvelous shirt dress Mrs. O wore, I went to Sophie Theallet’s website and sent a quick email thanking her for using women of color for a lot of her designs on the website. I got an email from her office this evening (I really didn’t expect a reply back at all):"

Dear Janelle,

I am sorry for the late reply, as you can imagine we have been flooded with emails lately. Mrs. Theallet is so proud and grateful that Mrs. Obama wore her dress for this very special occasion. We appreciate you taking the time to write us, it means a lot. Sophie has received much support from her African-American friends since being in the USA -- it means so much to her. Equality and Freedom is something that is so dear to her heart.

Our very best,

Steven for Sophie Theallet

We asked Janelle if she would like to add anything, and she replied:  

"I long to see more diversity on the runways and hope that designers remember that there are women of color out there that do not feel included in fashion design. Even in this economy, a lot of those women are of means and are willing to support an industry that embraces them. I hope that designers also remember that there are millions following the work and fashion of First Lady Michelle Obama, and her influence on what consumers consider purchasing is powerful."

We find this all quite remarkable on a number of levels. As Janelle points out, the fashion industry has long struggled with a lack of diversity, particularly on the runway. It is wonderful to see a designer celebrated for embracing women of color, and in turn, to read of her appreciation for the acknowledgment. Janelle, our deepest thanks for sharing this!

The second piece comes from the University of Minnesota fashion historian Kathleen Campbell of the Goldstein Museum of Design. She weighs in on several themes she sees within Mrs. O's wardrobe, and the influence they may have on culture. One such impact is the potential  "dressing up" of our country's increasingly casual approach to dress. We found this interesting as similar observations have been voiced by Mrs.Oers in the past week. Have a peek: