Michelle Obama, 2009
At the state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur in 2009, Obama wore a shimmering gold strapless dress by Indian-American designer Naeem Khan. She paired the look with a gold wrap and a wrist full of bangle bracelets, a nod to traditional Indian garb. "Why it was so important, apart from it being our first lady, was the coming together of India and America, which is me,"
told The Wall Street Journal. "When I was designing Mrs. Obama's dress, half of me was saying, ‘What would Halston do?' The other half was saying, ‘Be who you are.' Halston, me, America, India—it's been such a great combination. This is what makes me who I am, with the clean lines I learned from Halston and complicated Indian over-the-top Bollywood traditions. There's a lot of confusion in India with design and color, and I have just taken it, simplified it, cleaned it—and this is what I get."