Michelle Obama's Stylist Breaks Down Iconic Inauguration Outfit: 'She Leads, She Inspires, She Slays'
The former first lady chose a monochrome look from Black American designer Sergio Hudson and wore a plum-colored turtleneck paired with matching flared pants and accessorized with a gold oversized belt.
Mrs. Obama topped off the look with a floor-length coat in a similar plum hue, black leather gloves, Stuart Weitzman suede boots and a black protective face mask.
Her stylist, Meredith Koop, shared a post on Instagram Friday to provide more details behind the ensemble, which quickly garnered praise on social media after Mrs. Obama stepped out of her car to attend Wednesday's celebration.
"Now, let's break this down," Koop began. "This is not a jumpsuit. It is gorgeous separates from the exceptional @sergiohudson. I've worked with hundreds of designers on custom looks both in the US and internationally, and I can say confidently that Sergio is in the top in his designs, construction and understanding of how to dress the curves of a woman's body."
"This was my 3rd look with him and he absolutely blim blam killed it," she said of Hudson. "I pulled references from his collections to start. With him, I don't have to explain too much. He gets it. All of the sketches he sent were gorgeous and it was hard to choose."
Koop added that she "knew from the jump" she wanted to dress Mrs. Obama in pants. "Pants, pants, pants. Ah, the liberation of pants! No skirts, no dresses. Practical beautiful pants," she wrote.
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Koop also went on to clarify that the color of the outfit was not meant to be a political statement.
"You can call it berry, wine, plum or burgundy. I'm calling it wineberry plum for the moment. What it wasn't was bi-partisan purple," she wrote. "That's a cute story, but it wasn't the intention. I love the different textures in the coat, pants, sweater and belt of this monochromatic look. It was the perfect balance."
The black gloves, boots and face mask, Koop added, were switched out from matching purple ones to feel "modern and more how women tend to dress."
Ultimately, however, the stylist wrote that the most important aspect of the look is Mrs. Obama herself.
"What I want to convey most, though, is that this particular outfit is about the woman wearing it more than anything," Koop wrote. "It is about her and what she means to you and to America. She is powerful and she needs to move. She is stunning and she represents what is possible. She is relatable and she is aspirational. She has consistently articulated over the years what has been in the hearts and minds of so many. She has taken a look at the rule book and turned the page. She leads, she inspires and she slays."