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Michelle Obama’s style ‘dreadful,’ says designer Vivienne Westwood

March 8, 2013 at 11:18 AM ET

First lady Michelle Obama's wardrobe has been criticized by iconic British designer Vivienne Westwood.
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First lady Michelle Obama's wardrobe has been criticized by iconic British designer Vivienne Westwood.

Vivienne Westwood’s harsh tongue keeps getting her into trouble.

The British designer, 71, who criticized Duchess Kate’s style and makeup earlier this month, has now taken on our first lady. In an interview with The New York Times, Westwood – while discussing her upcoming “Punk: Chaos to Couture” exhibition at the New York Metropolitan Museum – took a few jabs at Michelle Obama’s wardrobe choices, much to the reporter’s surprise:

The New York Times: You must love our first lady, who is famous for recycling her clothes.

Westwood: Don’t talk about her. It’s dreadful what she wears.

The New York Times: What?

Westwood: I don’t want to talk about it. Really, I can’t. She’s a very nice looking lady, but it’s a nonstarter regarding clothes that suit her.

Westwood, however, seemed to only have kind words for another first lady – Jackie Kennedy. “[She] was a different matter altogether,” Westwood said. “It just had to suit her and be something that makes a human being more glamorous."

Michelle Obama opted to wear a Jason Wu dress to her husband's inaugural festivities in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21, 2013.
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Michelle Obama wore a Jason Wu dress to her husband's inaugural festivities in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21, 2013.

The response, as expected, has been less than forgiving, with readers calling Westwood a “very bitter and mean person,” “irrelevant” and even suggesting "someone’s in a snit because their clothes aren't being worn.”

What do you think of Westwood's comments? Was it unneccessary, or was she just expressing her opinion?

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