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It’s the end of an era in the White House.
First lady Michelle Obama delivered her farewell speech Friday in Washington, D.C. — and she made sure to end it how she began, sartorially speaking. FLOTUS appeared at the podium in a power red long-sleeve dress with a keyhole cutout from Narciso Rodriguez’s pre-fall 2017 collection. She famously wore another red dress by the Cuban-American designer when she took to the stage on election night in 2008.
Always one to communicate symbolism through her clothing, the first lady’s decision to wear the same designer as she did on the evening her husband, Barack Obama, won the U.S. presidency suggests hope, a message reflected in her speech, and continuity. The warm hue has long been associated with energy and passion.
“It is our fundamental belief in the power of hope that has allowed us to rise above the voices of doubt and division, of anger and fear that we have faced in our own lives and in the life of this country,” she said. “Our hope that if we work hard enough and believe in ourselves, then we can be whatever we dream, regardless of the limitations that others may place on us. The hope that when people see us for who we truly are, maybe, just maybe, they, too, will be inspired to rise to their best possible selves.”
Obama also wore Rodriguez’s designs at the president’s first address to Congress in 2009 and again at his final State of the Union in 2016.
She concluded: “Being your first lady has been the greatest honor of my life, and I hope I’ve made you proud.”
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