Local fashionistas discuss Obamas

January 23, 2009 6:15:07 AM PST
Fashion experts say there is a distinct connection between how the new President plans to run the country, and how he and his family present themselves. Fashion experts say there is a distinct connection between how the new President plans to run the country, and how he and his family present themselves.

Professor Clara Henry of Philadelphia University says Michelle Obama goes beyond the traditional first lady she's classic, with a modern twist, and she relates to the average woman.

"She has a real body that women can relate to and body flaws that women can relate to, but yet, it doesn't hold her back," Henry said.

Professor Henry says Michelle is willing to show women you don't have to spend a lot to have style, and she's not afraid to experiment.

"She mixes mid-range mass merchandized clothing with high-end designer clothing," Henry said.

It's encouraging to young professionals that Michelle selected 26-year-old Jason Wu to design her Inaugural gown, and it's also reflective of what her husband conveyed in his inaugural address.

"President Obama's message was really about helping young businesses, that's what she's doing," Henry said.

But many of the Philadelphia University design students here disapproved of what Michelle wore to last night's inaugural balls.

"The shirring all over the bodice, it made her look. She has a great body and it made her look shapeless," fashion design senior Justine Frederick said.

As for the President himself, the students agree with their professor.

"He looks as if he could fit very nicely on the cover of GQ," Henry said.

Sasha and Malia, both dressed in J Crew have their own unique sense of style.

"They are allowed to be themselves," Henry said.

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