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Wedding Dress Inspiration: Michelle Obama

Wedding Dresses Inspired By Our First Lady.

by Jolene Rae Harrington, Director of Creative Content

Michelle Obama at the Inaugural BallBows, peplums, floral details, jeweled belts and the return of the ball gown all made news at the New York Bridal Market this past October as the 2010 wedding dress collections were revealed. But perhaps the most prominent wedding fashion trend is the one-shoulder gown, which first made an appearance in 2009 and is still going strong for 2010.

Ever since First Lady Michelle Obama dazzled the nation with her Jason Wu one-shoulder formal at the Inaugural Ball, fashionistas have flocked to emulate her—a sure sign of her popularity. Like it or not, a First Lady or a Royal is often judged by her fashion sense. (Princess Di? 10. Nancy Reagan? 7. Hillary? uh… let’s not go there.) Favoring outfits that show off her buff physique, our Michelle has created quite the media buzz with her fashion choices.

And wedding designers have taken their cue from the sleek and chic First Lady. This year, designers got creative with uniquely beautiful interpretations of that now famous one-shoulder adornment. Here are some of our favorites from both seasons:

Siri's 'Rio' Gown

Siri’s regal “Rio” gown has a ruched strap that complements the bodice.
Sarah Houston's 'Willow' Gown

Sarah Houston Couture’s “Willow” gown rocked the NY runway with a mermaid hem and delicately embroidered shoulder.
Monique Lhuillier Bridal Gown

From her Platinum Collection, Monique Lhuillier has lavished her model’s one skinny shoulder with a swathe of embellished Chantilly lace.

Romona Keveza Wedding Dress

The ever-glamorous Romona Keveza has created an ethereal Grecian-influenced bridal gown with a sheer silk over-the-shoulder drape.

Maggie Sottero's 'Desirae' bridal gown

Maggie Sottero has glammed up her strap with intricate beading on her “Desirae” bridal gown.
Reverie by Melissa Sweet

Reverie by Melissa Sweet from 2009 anticipated this season’s faux flower trend by draping blossoms over one shoulder.

Vera Wang Wedding Dress

Vera Wang goes modern and architectural with her diagonal, criss-cross pattern on the bodice and shoulder.

Amsale Bridal Gown

In Amsale’s glossy taffeta gown with tiered skirt, the single shoulder is an extension of the ruched bodice.

Angel Sanchez Wedding Dress

From his Platinum Collection, Angel Sanchez’ stunning silk trumpet gown is held up by a pretty organza ribbon.

Filed under Fashion, Stuff We Love, Trend Watch, Vera Wang, Wedding Dresses,

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