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Michelle Obama Wears Japan-Born Designer Tadashi Shoji to Host the Japanese Prime Minister at a State Dinner (PHOTOS)

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First Lady Michelle Obama loves a bold print. She also loves bold color. The fashionable FLOTUS stunned in a vibrant purple shade at the White House State Dinner for Japan on Tuesday, paying tribute to her guests of honor by donning an elegant full-skirted tulle gown by Japanese-born designer
Tadashi Shoji
.

Michelle Obama style
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The First Lady and her husband, President
Barack Obama
, who looked dapper in a classic black tuxedo and bow tie, made quite the stylish pair as they welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzö Abe and his wife, Akie Abe, to the dinner.

The First Lady stood out in a sea of stars at the event, which was also attended by rumored couple 
Ciara
and Russell Wilson, Star Trek alum
George Takei
and Scandal showrunner
Shonda Rhimes
.

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Mrs. Obama is known for choosing designers that are meaningful to her guests or host country — think of the time she wore Naeem Khan to host the Indian prime minister, and she selected Kenzo for her visit to Japan earlier this year. So it was no surprise that she also wore a floral Tadashi Shoji dress to tour a D.C. area school with Mrs. Abe. Says Shoji in a statement of the First Lady’s fashionable picks, “I am honored to have the opportunity to dress Mrs. Obama, especially for such an important engagement celebrating the Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Abe and his wife. She is absolutely stunning in our Fall 2015 Runway finale gown.”

Michelle Obama style
Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty

Earlier in the day, the FLOTUS wore a sunrise-printed scuba coat and matching dress (both Monique Lhuillier, who is of Filipino descent), plus, metallic silver Jimmy Choo pumps to greet the prime minister and his wife.

Michelle Obama style
Mark Wilson/Getty

What do you think of the First Lady’s state dinner look? How about her pretty pastel day dress? Sound off below.

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— Tierney McAfee