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Will a Compliment Turn Into the Inaugural Gown?


Designer Kai Milla and husband Stevie Wonder in 2005. (Photo by Russell Hirshon)

Kai Milla, like everyone in the fashion business, has her eyes on one very special assignment: Michelle Obama's inaugural gown.

"That would be a dream come true for any designer," said Milla, who brought her inaugural collection to Saks Jandel on Saturday. "I'm certainly hoping it will be me." The D.C. native (and wife of Stevie Wonder) actually has a shot -- Milla met the incoming first lady at the Democratic convention in Denver, where Obama told her, "I love your line." And did we mention Oprah's a big fan, too?

So we had to ask -- if she got the nod for the inaugural gown, what would it look like? Milla told us she'd whip up something in rich jewel tones: "One thing Michelle seems to pull off more than other recent first ladies is color. And she has a great body, so I'd show off her arms or her back."

Expect tons of sketches about what the first lady should wear, but (if tradition holds) the actual design will remain a secret until Jan. 20.

By The Reliable Source  |  November 17, 2008; 1:03 AM ET
 
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THE DRESS WILL BE THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION MADE AS IT WILL BECOME HISTORICAL IN ITSELF. I HOPE THAT ALL DESIGNERS GET A CHANCE TO MAKE AN OFFER.

Posted by: thevoodoodoll | November 17, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

I only hope that Mrs.Obama does not arrive in another lava rock lamp type dress, whoever sold that to her should be shot! Mrs. Obama has impeccably taste if you look through her post election photographs, so when she arrived on the stage in that awful black and red dress with the addition of that black cardigan I was horrified. I really hope she chooses something more suitable this time

Posted by: Argylle | November 17, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

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