The First Lady Wore This Designer for Her Final Speech (and Election Night 2008)

Gina Marinelli

A little over eight years ago, Michelle Obama wore a red and black Narciso Rodriguez dress as she took the stage in Chicago with her family to celebrate her husband winning the election. And while Rodriguez has been a steady fixture of the first lady’s wardrobe during two terms in office, today, Obama’s choice to wear the designer felt especially significant and tinged with nostalgia.

FLOTUS delivered her final official speech in office, an address that took place at the Reach Higher and Counselor of the Year Event, wearing another red Rodriguez creation with clean lines and a slight cut-out detail at the neckline. While her message followed the theme that's been often reiterated during the Obamas' time in the White House—hope—her outfit, intentionally or not, felt like an homage to the beginning of their journey.

Of course, Rodriguez himself weighed in on the first lady's choice as well with a message posted to Instagram. "So much admiration for our First Lady, @MichelleObama," he stated. "It has been my greatest honor to dress her over these past 8 years."

Watch today's final speech from the first lady on YouTube, and scroll down to see both of the outfits mentioned.

Do you have a favorite Michelle Obama outfit from the last eight years? Let us know below, and check out more of Narciso Rodriguez's sleek designs you can shop now.

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