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Even before Michelle Obama moved into the White House, publishers were scrambling to meet with the public’s demand for books on the new First Family. But while some of those books now seem slapdash or rushed, next month will see the release of Mrs. O, a colorful hardback written by blogger Mary Tomer, dedicated to Mrs. Obama’s style from her early days as a student to her role as the first African-American First Lady in the nation’s history. Tomer explains her project as a labor of love, one that began when she first clocked Mrs. Obama at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, joining the president on stage after the speech that vaulted him into the collective consciousness.
When the couple began to campaign, Tomer became so enamored with Mrs. Obama’s wardrobe that she started a Web site called Mrs-O.org, chronicling everything from the Donna Ricco dress she wore on The View to the Thakoon and J.Crew pieces we’re now so familiar with. Mrs-O.org laid the groundwork for Tomer’s book, which boasts not only the back story behind many of her famous appearances, but also interviews with some of the designers and fashion personalities that have become synonymous with the First Lady’s style, including André Leon Talley, Isabel Toledo, Jason Wu, and Michael Kors. Here, we talk to Tomer about whether Mrs. O is like Jackie O, what she’d do if she ever met the First Lady, and just how she scored all those interviews.
Is there a power to Mrs. Obama’s wardrobe that might not have been recognized in a First Lady of years past?
Dress is a means of visual communication, and I think it’s a language that Mrs. Obama speaks well. When the First Lady of the United States wears a dress from Target or cardigan from J.Crew, real women from around the country relate to her. When she wears ensembles from Rodarte or Thakoon on an international stage, she elevates the perception of American culture and sophistication. Certain looks can even convey different moods. When Mrs. Obama chose the lemongrass Isabel Toledo dress and coat worn for the inauguration, she projected a definite sense of optimism to the American people. Certainly, style has become a powerful, positive part of Michelle Obama’s image. I think it’s an asset that shouldn’t be overlooked or undervalued.