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Saturday 26 July 2014

Michelle helps to honour 'first lady' of fashion

Rachael Alexander, Associated Press

Published 06/05/2014|02:30

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(L-R) First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour and Metropolitan Museum of Art President Emily K. Rafferty attend the Anna Wintour Costume Center Grand Opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Getty Images
(L-R) First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour and Metropolitan Museum of Art President Emily K. Rafferty attend the Anna Wintour Costume Center Grand Opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Getty Images

Michelle Obama, one of the most fashion-conscious first ladies in decades, joined a who's who of top designers in New York to cut the ribbon at the Metropolitan Museum's new costume centre.

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Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Donatella Versace, Carolina Herrera, Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, Victoria Beckham, Donna Karan, Zac Posen, Ralph Lauren, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen of The Row, Reed Krakoff, Prabal Gurung and the Mulleavy sisters of Rodarte were among the fashion luminaries at yesterday's event.

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The first lady cut the ribbon for the new $40m (€28.8m) Anna Wintour Costume Centre, named after the editor of 'Vogue' magazine.

Ms Wintour seemed quite moved by the occasion of and at one point received an encouraging hug from the famously warm first lady.

The centre opens a new exhibit to the public tomorrow, featuring the work of Charles James.

Although James' name is not well-known to the general public, he's revered by fashion industry insiders and designers. James was known as America's first and really only couturier until his death in 1978.

His clients included Gypsy Rose Lee, Marlene Dietrich and Mrs William Randolph Hearst Jr.

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