The first lady wore a bright red, silk organza gown designed by Alexander McQueen's new creative director, Sarah Burton.
On the Runway, the fashion blog of The New York Times, gives the dress a thumbs-up: "Her choice had just enough pomp to signal the importance of this state dinner."
The Los Angeles Times' fashion blog, All the Rage, is emphatic in its praise, saying, "If you thought the first lady's fashion sense was mellowing out, think again. ... The asymmetrical neckline is incredible, and the red color no doubt a nod to China."
U.K. paper The Guardian talked to Kate Betts, author of a book on the first lady's fashion style, who parses the selection's political implications: "Red is an obvious colour because [it is a symbol of good luck in China], but you'd expect an American or an American-based designer for an occasion like this. But [Obama] is always surprising, and that's why we're all riveted by her."
The D.C.-based publication The Hill proclaims that Obama's dress was "stunning" and "wow[ed]" the crowd.
The dress is meeting with Twitter approval, too:
Michelle, My belle: that red Alexander McQueen dress took my breath away, Mrs Obama! NBC sez prez rating up 8 pts--cowinkidink? I think not!
Watch Michelle Obama's dress in action:
The fashion faux pas of the night? As The Wall Street Journal notes, Chinese President Hu Jintao wore a dark suit instead of a tuxedo.
Check out pics from the big event:
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