On Sunday, May 4th, 2009, The New York Times hosted a “Sunday with The Magazine” event in New York City, including a panel discussion on First Lady Michelle Obama’s style. The panel featured NY Times Fashion critic Cathy Horyn, and designers Narciso Rodriguez, Maria Cornejo and Thakoon Panichgul, all of whom Obama has worn to public events.
The three designers fielded questions put out by Horyn, focusing on Obama’s choices, how they design for her and Obama’s image as a First Lady. The designers praised Obama’s ambition to choose her own clothes, and buy them which Panichgul pointed out, “At least she shops and is not borrowing, so that’s good for the economy.”
The designers also all agreed that Obama is breaking the mold as one of the first First Ladies’ to chose lesser known designers and not picking traditional clothes. Cornejo said, “She is giving a lot of people like myself the chance to be seen. She is being much more democratic instead of using people who have been like dinosaurs on Seventh Avenue over and over again.”
The panel all agreed that Obama is proving to be a revolutionary First Lady and they all concluded that they hope she continues to be adventurous with her style choices.