Which Designer Should Michelle Obama Wear to the Inaugural Ball?

After it was announced last night that Barack Obama garnered enough electoral votes to win another four years in office, Michelle Obama and their daughters walked on stage in a silk brocade A-line dress by Michael Kors. As the first lady is wont to do, she wore the same dress twice before, first at the White House holiday party in 2009 and again at a military event in November of 2010. The dress may be two years old, but the color is very of-the-moment. (We used to call it maroon. Now we call it oxblood.) In Boston, Ann Romney gave a loud nod to the GOP in a bright, Nancy Reagan red boat neck sheath. Choosing that frock was the sartorial equivalent of not writing a concession speech.

Over the past four years much hullabaloo has been made about Michelle Obama’s fashion choices, from the populist implications of wearing a dress more than once to incessant comparisons to Jackie Kennedy. Nevertheless, there’s no better time than the present to look back at Michelle’s first term as a tastemaker who has consistently shaken up the bipartisan frumpiness of first lady fashion and endorsed lesser-known designers like Thom Browne, Thakoon, Maria Pinto, and Prabal Gurung. At the 2008 inaugural ball, Michelle made waves in daringly romantic, a one-shouldered ivory gown by 26-year-old designer Jason Wu. Which designer should the first lady wear to the celebration this year?

Chloe Wyma

Click on the slideshow to see images of Michelle Obama in dresses by designers she might tap for her inaugural ball gown.

Image: First Lady Michelle Obama and US President Barack Obama, left, Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney and wife, Ann Romney/Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images, Justin Sullivan/Getty Images