Imagine: A Project Runway Inauguration Dress For Michelle ObamaSThe Daily Beast issued a challenge to former Project Runway designers: Design an inauguration gown for the First Lady. (At the time, Obama's win was not confirmed.) And! As with all ProjRun challenges, there was a twist: The designers could only use Laura Bush's 2005 Inaugural Ball dress, an American flag, burlap potato sacks and $10 worth of trims of their choice. The resulting sketches? A mixed bag: Partly hideous, partly hilarious and partly high fashion. But we poked around the designer's websites and found dresses from their collections that Ms. Obama might actually wear. The sketches and our choices, after the jump.Imagine: A Project Runway Inauguration Dress For Michelle ObamaSeason 1 winner Jay McCarroll says of his burlap cocktail-length dress, "We need to live within our means and get back to basics." Imagine: A Project Runway Inauguration Dress For Michelle ObamaS But for his spring 2007 collection, Jay designed this citrusy gown and this metallic gown. Either one could be an elegant choice for Michelle Obama! Imagine: A Project Runway Inauguration Dress For Michelle ObamaSeason 1 finalist Austin Scarlett created this washed burlap strapless gown. Imagine: A Project Runway Inauguration Dress For Michelle Obama Here's a more formal choice, from Austin Scarlett's line, Kenneth Pool. Imagine: A Project Runway Inauguration Dress For Michelle ObamaSeason 2 semifinalist Kara Janx made a dress "about patriotism and change, with a pop culture spirit." Imagine: A Project Runway Inauguration Dress For Michelle ObamaSBut can you picture Michelle Obama in one of Kara's famous kimonos? The gold trim adds a more glamorous touch. Imagine: A Project Runway Inauguration Dress For Michelle ObamaMalan Breton of Season 3 cut the stars out of the flag and used them to highlight his dress. Imagine: A Project Runway Inauguration Dress For Michelle ObamaSBut a more simple, regal shape from his 2009 spring collection seems more fitting for a First Lady. Imagine: A Project Runway Inauguration Dress For Michelle ObamaMychael Knight, Season 3 semifinalist, created a "youthful and sexy" gown. "She's becoming the first lady, not an old lady!" Imagine: A Project Runway Inauguration Dress For Michelle ObamaMychael's designs are so youthful and so sexy (think: leather bikinis) that the only appropriate gown to be found was this one from an old episode of Project Runway. Still, Ms. Obama could rock this. Imagine: A Project Runway Inauguration Dress For Michelle ObamaS Alison Kelly of Season 3 says she "thought back to the Great Depression and remembered Coco Chanel's dropped waist silhouette" when she dreamed up this black gown. Imagine: A Project Runway Inauguration Dress For Michelle Obama But what if she took this top from her line, Dahl by Alison Kelly, and lengthened it into a dress? It has a quiet yet impactful "wow" factor. And Michelle Obama has great shoulders. Imagine: A Project Runway Inauguration Dress For Michelle Obama LOL. This is from the lovable Chris March, Season 4. Due to dire financial straits, "The first lady will have to resort to wearing a barrel. Of course, hers will be glamorous." Imagine: A Project Runway Inauguration Dress For Michelle ObamaChecking out Chris March's site, it was tough to find anything Michelle Obama-appropriate. This was the best I could do. It's very "after the revolution," no? Imagine: A Project Runway Inauguration Dress For Michelle ObamaRami Kashou of Season 4 used draping, of course. The stripes are awfully distracting, though. Imagine: A Project Runway Inauguration Dress For Michelle ObamaCould Michelle Obama wear a Rami Kashou divine golden goddess number instead? Imagine: A Project Runway Inauguration Dress For Michelle ObamaLast, but not least: Season 5 winner Leanne Marshall. Her gown features a dramatic collar and "a very full, pocketed sweeping skirt of 50 horizontally paneled potato sacks." Not bad, but… Imagine: A Project Runway Inauguration Dress For Michelle ObamaSThis beautiful dress from Leanne's final collection would be much, much better. The Ball Gown Challenge [The Daily Beast] Related: Jay McCarroll Austin Scarlett Kara Janx Mychael Knight Dahl By Alison Kelly Chris March Rami Kashou Leanimal