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A Look Back at Michelle Obama's 47 Most Important Fashion Moments

ELLE Logo By Hayley Phelan of ELLE | Slide 2 of 48: When: June 3, 2008Where: An election night rally in St. Paul, Minnesota after Obama had clinched the Democratic nominationWearing: Maria Pinto sheath, Alaïa belt, pearlsWhy it mattered: It was the fist bump seen round the world and the first glimpse of what we could expect from the formidable first couple—not least because of Michelle's eye-catching ensemble. "I think [Michelle] will be remembered for the way she used fashion as a form of a communication," says fashion critic Robin Givhan. Much like the fist bump, Michelle's singular style—the bold, jewel tone sheath dress, the unexpected and modern belt—helped set the tone for Obama's campaign message of hope, change—and an more diverse future.

When: June 3, 2008Where: An election night rally in St. Paul, Minnesota after Obama had clinched the Democratic nominationWearing: Maria Pinto sheath, Alaïa belt, pearlsWhy it mattered: It was the fist bump seen round the world and the first glimpse of what we could expect from the formidable first couple—not least because of Michelle's eye-catching ensemble. "I think [Michelle] will be remembered for the way she used fashion as a form of a communication," says fashion critic Robin Givhan. Much like the fist bump, Michelle's singular style—the bold, jewel tone sheath dress, the unexpected and modern belt—helped set the tone for Obama's campaign message of hope, change—and an more diverse future.
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