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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  • 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.”
    –Game

  • 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.

  • PURPPLE

    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

    bg,

    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!

  • Certain

    Bossip took the words out of my mouth. Maybe the black designers shit wasn’t tight. Maybe theirs weren’t as good as the ones she picked. That was probably the most significant day of this century so far outside of September 11th and we are suppose just throw you a bone just because you are black? Hell no.

  • Hannibal

    BOOOOOOOOO MICHELLE!

  • Raquel26

    Now we knew this was coming.

    Michelle Obama looked magnificent in the dress she chose. Like everyone said, just because she is black does NOT mean she has to buy from black designers. What’s next?? Patti Labelle calling her up saying she was mad because she didnt use her make-up but instead chose to use M.A.C? I dont get it.

    And to Amnau Eele, cofounder of the Black Artists Association, was in OUR moment or YOUR moment to capitalize and create a possible increase in sales?

  • http://myspace.com870bg bg

    @ checking idiots
    There is no time for google when u are 1st.

  • luvcelebgossip

    Amnau Eele, cofounder of the Black Artists Association: Sit down, shut up, and sew something that Mrs. Obama would want to wear.

  • Raquel26

    @Checking Idiots:

    Awww….come on now. That isnt fair. I know you’re in the game of “checking idiots” as your screenname states, but I dont think bg is an idiot.

    Very FEW people know about that. That they (Olympians) were stripped of their medals because they chose to hold up a “black power” fist while standing on the podium/post (or whatever). I dont know the names of the 2 black men neither, but I can easily google it too and act like I knew it all along.

    Trust me, not alot of people know about that incident, let alone ANY of black history, period.

    So, come on. Play nice.🙂

  • Human Nature

    How you gonna say look at the world without color then complain about not giving blacks enough attention? That’s like the biggest contradication I’ve heard in a while. Quityobitchin. Nuff said.

  • Razzell Dazzell

    MY GOD! WHY DOES SHE HAVE TO WEAR AN AFRICAN AMERICAN DESIGNER! SHE CAN WEAR WHAT SHE WANTS! HERE WE GO….IF SHE WANTED TO WEAR YOUR CLOTHING SHE WOULD, YOU’RE DOING YOURSELF A DISSERVICE. JUST BECAUSE MITCHELLE IS AFRICAN AMERICAN DOESN’T MEAN SHE HAS TO WEAR OR DO EVERYTING CONSIDERED “AFRICAN AMERICAN.” MITCHELLE IS MITCHELLE, SO LET HER BE! ALTHOUGH MITCHELLE NEEDS NO DEFENSE, I WILL DEFEND OUR FIRST LADY BECAUSE WHETHER AFRICAN AMERICAN OR OTHER, THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SOMEONE TO QUESTION HER MOTIVES, OR LACK THERE OF. MITCHELLE, YOU DRESSED YOURSELF BEFORE FIRST LADY, AND YOU ARE CERTANLY CAPABLE OF DOING IT NOW. DO YOU! TO THIS ATTENTION SEEKING WOMAN, DO SOMETHING PRODUCTIVE WITH YOUR TIME BESIDES LOOKING LIKE A FOOL!

  • Raquel26

    @luvcelebgossip:

    LMAO!!!!!! That was TOO funny. I wish someone would have said that to her.

  • darealwifey

    I am sure Mrs. Obama chose the dress the most suited her personal taste and body. She probably did not think, “Oh, I’m going to support this person because they are [fill in the race].”

    This spokesperson for the Black Artists Association is VERY misguided, and out-of-pocket saying that this was “…our [black designers’] moment.” Perhaps she should bear in mind that Mrs. Obama will be in the public eye for at least four years, and there will be many opportunities for designers to be seen. Whatever the first lady chooses to wear in the future, this woman is out-of-line, and she is not helping black designers with her disrespectful rant.

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