Michelle Obama picks Tracy Reese dress, J. Crew shoes for DNC speech

Sep. 5, 2012 at 1:51 PM ET

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The first lady chose a pink dress by Tracy Reese, whose designs she has worn before, for her speech at the Democratic National Convention. In 2008 she wore a teal dress by Maria Pinto to the convention.


For her first appearance at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., last night, Michelle Obama wore a pink-and-gold printed frock that immediately lit up the Twitterverse with compliments and applause.

The dress is a custom design by Tracy Reese, a Detroit-born African-American designer, who told the Wall Street Journal she was “moved to tears” by the first lady’s speech.

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To finish the look, Obama paired the dress with rhubarb-hued heels by J.Crew — the Everly suede pumps, available for $245 at (they also come in azure, burnt sienna, and vivid lime) and chic gray nails. The trendy neutral contrasted with her pink dress, but was understated enough to not dominate the look.

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