The 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.
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!
Here's a more formal choice, from Austin Scarlett's line, Kenneth Pool.
But can you picture Michelle Obama in one of Kara's famous kimonos? The gold trim adds a more glamorous touch.
But a more simple, regal shape from his 2009 spring collection seems more fitting for a First Lady.
Mychael'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.
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.
Checking 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?
Could Michelle Obama wear a Rami Kashou divine golden goddess number instead?
Last, 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…
This 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