( Michelle Obama at the Anna Wintour Costume Center Grand Opening.
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From her striking gowns to her smart choices from high street houses like J.Crew and ASOS, Michelle Obama’s wardrobe is always a topic of conversation. I’ve always been a fan of some of her really edgy, modern choices, even the infamous election night dress from Narciso Rodriguez. The First Lady has even been credited with putting designers like Jason Wu and Maria Pinto on the map.
Like many a First Lady before her, her wardrobe, especially some of the pricier pieces, has been an ongoing source of speculation and curiosity enveloped in myth and political agendas. Joanna Rosholm, press secretary to the First Lady, recently cleared up any confusion,
“Mrs. Obama pays for her clothing. For official events of public or historic significance, such as a state visit, the first lady’s clothes may be given as a gift by a designer and accepted on behalf of the U.S. government. They are then stored by the National Archives.”
While there is no hard data available on just how much clothing is currently in storage, there you have it, another mystery solved.