Black Designers to Michelle Obama: “Why Couldn’t You Wear Our Pieces?”

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Wow, the black designers are ridin’ on Michelle O. for not wearing their clothing:

Michelle Obama’s inaugural outfits are being met with discontent from African-American members of the fashion community. The Black Artists Association is upset that America’s new First Lady did not wear any designs by an African American designer during Tuesday’s historic inauguration of President Obama.

The new First Lady choose a gold dress and coat by Cuban-American designer Isabel Toledo for her husband’s swearing ceremony and a white one shoulder dress by Jason Wu for the evening’s always buzzworthy inaugural balls.

Both designs have received mixed reviews.

“It’s fine and good if you want to be all ‘Kumbaya’ and ‘We Are the World’ by representing all different countries. But if you are going to have Isabel Toledo do the inauguration dress, and Jason Wu do the evening gown, why not have Kevan Hall, B Michael, Stephen Burrows or any of the other black designers do something too?” Amnau Eele, cofounder of the Black Artists Association and former YSL model told WWD.

She added, “It’s one thing to look at the world without color but she had seven slots to wear designer clothes. Why wasn’t she wearing the clothes of a black designer? That was our moment.”

Before we begin, we just wanted to say that the Amnau Eele character might want to tone it down a notch.  Michelle’s husband is the president, after all.

Moving along, we can understand where the designers might be coming from.  On one hand, you can argue that Michelle had a moral obligation to support black designers because she is black.  On the other hand, you can argue that she had a moral obligation to choose the best pieces for herself, and the black designers should have stepped their design game up.

What are your thoughts, Bossip folk?



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