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What’s the secret political meaning behind the dress in Michelle Obama’s portrait?
This dress is certified iconic.
On Monday, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery unveiled the official portraits of former President Barack Obama and the first lady, created by artist Amy Sherald, signaling an onslaught of praise (and memes) from Obama fans.
The official portraits. Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley. Michelle Obama by Amy Sherald. pic.twitter.com/xZzBYTJhKn
— Dan Zak (@MrDanZak) February 12, 2018
However, beyond the appreciative tweets and crude critiques, it would appear that Mrs. Obama’s portrait isn’t just a work of art, but a political message reflecting where the U.S. currently stands, one year after the former president’s departure and the beginning of President Donald Trump‘s brazen reign.
— Tom & Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo) February 12, 2018
The floor-length gown Obama wears in the portrait was inspired by a cotton poplin dress designed by Michelle Smith for her spring 2017 Milly collection. Smith told the Washington Post the line itself was inspired by a political message, encompassing the “desire for equality, equality in human rights, racial equality, LGBTQ equality.”
However, using lacing and ties, as well as disconnected blocks of color and shades of grey, Smith sought to create a “feeling of being held back… that we’re not quite there yet.”
Smith said Obama doesn’t have the exact iteration of the dress worn on the runway, but a “more discreet” version with the same corset-style lacing.
Oh, and pockets. Yes, even a year after her departure, the former first lady is still an inspiration.
H/T the Cut
Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.