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?



  • http://myspace.com870bg bg

    Niggas always expecting shit, she didn’t wear the shit cuz she didn’t want to. It’s simple, she has no obligation to wear your shit cuz she’s black.

  • http://myspace.com870bg bg

    1st…(fist in the air like the black dude at the olympics)

  • Sac Pa Se

    Please. Mrs. Obama can wear whatever she wants to wear. Are all Black people obligated to wear Black designers.

    Also, NOT ONE Black designer submitted sketches to Mrs. Obama’s team.

    Y’all need to hush.

  • Y

    @ bg
    that’s what’s up! that is EXACTLY how i feel so i won’t repeat u…

  • nicole

    … are you kidding me?

    i think that’s so ridiculous. michelle picked her pieces because she said she wanted to wear something bright and positive looking… and the designers because they were upcoming, not because they were ‘ethnic’.

    she didn’t HAVE to wear pieces from black designers just because she’s black. obama didnt choose and all black cabinent or have all black performers for his Balls because he was black. it aint all about it being a “black” thing, believe it or not.

    just be happy we have good people in office and quit riding color all of the time.

  • detroitplaya

    …cause it’s not about race now.”

  • Doc-2-B

    WTF maybe she just didn’t like their shit! i look at some of black designers’ pieces featured in Essence/Ebony and a majority of them gaudy and ugly (with the exception of Tracy Reese). Most need to go back to fashion school. Wouldn’t buy them if I had the money, and I wouldn’t want my first lady wearing them. And hell, can’t she get credit for choosing NON-WHITE designers? This is stupid.


    who said just because they are black their going to look out for black interest? That’s such an assumption.

  • anaa

    they should have stepped their game up. of course she selected what she liked.

  • http://myspace.com870bg bg

    And the most outrageous part was “That was our moment” Really it wasn’t it was a critical turning point in history. No nationality owned the moment.

  • TheOne

    I think people have to understand that Michelle shopped her wardrobe at a boutique Ikram in Chicago where the store owner selected the merchandise she holds in her store. Michelle just decided on what best fit her, not on the specification or ethinicity of a designer. People are taking this way out of context.

  • Eileen

    This is the United States of America where we are free to choose as and what we like.

    You talk about designers, what’s next, what about all the government contracts such as those of Halliburton? Let us try to built to that level rather than worrying about what a sista chooses to wear. I don’t hear these African American designers hating on all the black celebrities that don’t wear their designs.

  • CheckingIdiots


    Learn the name of the “black dude”. Idiot.

    Hint: Google “1968 Summer Olympics”

  • Just Bored...

    Why is this about a black thing? It’s 2009 and we should be way pass that. She can wear what she wants to.

  • Eileen

    Sac Pa Se, Y, Nicole, detroitplaya, Doc-2-B, anaa, bg, The One…..I sooo agree with ya’ll!

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