Michelle Obama wearing Isabel Toledo

January 20, 2009 8:48:06 AM PST
Michelle Obama is wearing a sparkling gold sheath dress with matching coat by Cuban-born American designer Isabel Toledo on the day of her husband's inauguration as president.

Barack Obama is wearing a red tie and white shirt with his suit.

Toledo, who just a few years ago unsuccessfully tried to infuse more modern style into the venerable Anne Klein label, is considered among the more avant-garde U.S. designers.

Michelle Obama has been noted for choosing unexpected fashion designers, including Narciso Rodriguez, Zero and Maria Cornejo and Chicago designer Maria Pinto.