AMERICAN ROYALTY: Michelle Obama’s Inaugural Dress Comes in at a Measly $10,000

Back in January 2009, Barack Obama told Americans that,
“Everyone must sacrifice… Everyone must have some skin in the game.”

Well… Everyone but Barack and Michelle Obama.

Michelle Obama’s Thom Browne Inaugural dress comes in at an estimated $10,000.

(Photo : Reuters) U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk and wave after emerging from the presidential limousine during the inaugural parade from the Capitol to the White House in Washington, January 21, 2013.

Enstraz reported:

First Lady Michelle Obama impressed fashion experts and amateurs alike with her inaugural outfit Monday morning created by New York-based designer Thom Browne, mostly known for his menswear collections.

The First Lady wore a navy silk jacquard coat and dress outfit in a checked pattern specially designed for her.

“I wanted ‘tailored’ for her. For me, she stands for strength and confidence, and that’s what I wanted to design for her,” Browne told the Associated Press about his creation for the First Lady’s inaugural dress.

According to the designer, the outfit was inspired by a men’s silk tie. It is unclear what the cost of the outfit was, but it could likely be at least $10,000, according to Enstars’ estimates. However, the actual price has not been confirmed and there is no word yet on whether the dress and coat outfit will be rolled out for customers.

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  • moron

    Maybe she was rolling her eyes because her rear still looks huge in a $10,000 dress?

  • Stella Baskomb

    “no word yet on whether the dress and coat outfit will be rolled out for customers. ”

    OK by me if not rolled out for customers.

    Michelle’s “eye roll” to us regular folks was enough for me.

  • Dave

    Yes, that seems entirely out of the ordinary for a First Lady’s Inaugural Gown:

    Faircloth, who has been designing [Laura] Bush’s size 8 clothes for seven years, uses European fabrics and does all the beadwork and embroidery in-house, with prices ranging from $3,400 to $7,500 (although, presumably, the Inauguration gown cost would be considerably higher), according to Town & Country.

  • MathMom

    You mean to tell me that was designed and made especially for her, and it still doesn’t fit? The sleeves are so tight they look like it’s 2 sizes too small, and the bodice makes the least of her figure.

    She paid too much, even if it was only $100.

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  • rosie

    Do you feel “mooched” upon? Because in some way you paid for it.

  • donh

    Darth Vader helmet hair in a return of the suicide bomber boob belt.

  • JoeUES

    So it’s about the same cost as the dresses worn by previous first ladies. And like every other inaugural gown, tomorrow it goes directly to the Smithsonian Museum of American History. What a non-story.

  • 2008 Candidate Barack Obama

    You could put a $10.000 dress on a pig, but it would still be a pig.

  • Dave

    #9 Basically, every story today is a non-story, so it’s understandable. I understand how outraged they are, it happens.

  • Mitch Rapp

    I guess the Dress is a definition of Stupid Rich!

  • Ghost

    Jesus, Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:5)

    GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995)
    “…don’t be like hypocrites. They like to (be seen) on street corners to (proclaim their nobility) so that everyone can see them. I can guarantee this truth: That will be their only reward.”

    every Caesar, Czar, Kaiser, King, Pharoah, Emperor… and consort, have had their Day in the Sun, but God Wil Not Be Mocked, we all reap what we sow- no exceptions

    Ecclesiastes 3:17 – New Living Translation (©2007)
    “In due season God will judge everyone, both good and bad, for all their deeds.”

  • Frankly, if it is rolled out to customers, I don’t know anyone who would want to wear it

  • Andy McWilliams

    At least somebody, besides Aretha, is teaching her how to dress.

  • Highlander

    Hey trolls … Moochelle and Barry MADE it a story when they told us we should all be sacrificing … If they can’t lead by example, well then they really aren’t LEADERS are they?

  • Patty

    I won’t wish for anymore, at this moment, other then this day to move along. I didn’t watch one moment and other then seeing the above picture, which is gross, I truly don’t care about their attire.

    We know they both spend like thieves they are, no more, it is truly trivial at this point in America. 10,000 here or there among nearly 17 trillion in debt is a spit in the bucket.

  • dunce

    You can not buy class and getting elected to public office does not give it to anyone. In fact the grubbyness of retail politics precludes it.

  • Patty

    #5 January 21, 2013 at 8:55 pm
    MathMom commented:

    That because the media has spoken about what great arms she has. So, I would assume that is why the dress is tight.

  • AuntieMadder

    That may be the first outfit I’ve ever seen on her that I didn’t think was ugly as he!!. It’s doesn’t look 10 grand’s worth of okay, but it’s not like the ugly chit she usually wears.

  • EBL

    Here is another lesson about the Obamas: Don’t ever get between Michelle and her food!

  • Maria

    Is it me or does she always look unattractive? I like the pig comment above…it about sums her wardrobe choices up.

  • donh

    The photo is a FAKE…They squeezed Michelle down 8 inches and took 80 pounds off her rear end…………This is how Michelle looked at the last innaguration…before the Obamas turned our media into fascist illusion projectors for the state…..>

  • Pinkdiva36

    All I hear are racist idiots! Mrs. Obama looks Beautiful and could go up against ANY other First Lady whether it’s fashion or intellect. Yall are just mad. Get a Life

  • cavt

    A true leader gets people to follow when they lead by example and honor. If they are unwilling to do this, they then lead either by force or because of the stupidity of the followers–

  • Sasja

    She needs to lose the belts. I think this outfit is nice but would be better sans the belt.

  • redc1c4

    did she pay for it with her EBT card?

  • bg
  • mg4us

    $10,000 for a DRESS!!!!! you got to be kidding!!!

    She could have gone to Macy’s and bought a beautiful outfit for a few hundred. .

    No wonder they spend like drunken sailors. .The Obama’s have lost touch with reality!

    Makes the Sr Bush forgivable at the register with a price of milk!

  • Patty
  • gene read

    I am shocked and appalled at some of the comments I have read about our First Lady. Some are down-right mean. Even though she wears a wig that makes her look like Moe Howard of the 3 Stooges, at least show her some respect!

  • Patty

    I guess what is so outrageous about a dress and the Obama’s constant throwing it in our face is this:


    Yes, we will always need a safety net. There are many people out there that simply cannot take care of themselves. We certainly don’t want to see anyone sleeping in the streets or starving to death.

    But if the number of people jumping on to the safety net continues to grow at the current pace, the net will break and it will not be available for any of us.

    For example, the number of Americans on food stamps grew from about 17 million in 2000 to more than 47 million today. It nearly tripled in just 12 years.

    What will happen if it nearly triples again over the next 12 years?

    The federal government even has a website ( that guides people through the process of figuring out what welfare programs they can take advantage of.

    Overall, the federal government runs nearly 80 different “means-tested welfare programs” and more than 100 million Americans are already enrolled in at least one of those programs.

    Yes, I realize that figure is very hard to believe. I had a hard time believing it when I first came across it.

    And it is even more shocking when you realize that the figure of 100 million Americans does not even include those who only receive Social Security or Medicare.

    Today, there are 56.76 million Americans on Social Security.[………………………]

    So, the dress, well, they don’t seem to worry about budgeting nor about their spending and when a nation is so broke it does have relevance (the Dress) makes not a fashion statement but a statement on the Obama spending spree, spending us into such a deep and dark place we will never recover from.

  • David Steelman

    Taking advantage of those pooorly underpaid and overworked silkworms to make an outfit that would fit her.

  • Carol

    But wait. That is just a coat and dress for the ceremony. I haven’t seen pictures, but likely she also had a gown for the balls. But, 10,000 for that? They saw her coming, as we used to say. ( I guess you can’t really miss her!)

  • Patty


    Thrill Is Gone for Crowds at Obama Inauguration

    [………………..] Lines were short. Getting into the ticketed areas was easy for those with the right stubs. Blue, green, gold, yellow, and orange ticket-holders had no problems slipping right up front for the show. But many of those in attendance trudged over to what event organizers called the “Non-Ticketed Mall” area–signifying they didn’t have to pay to be here.

    Police and security units blocked off streets around Capitol Hill, forcing swaths of people wishing to see Obama take the oath of office again to walk or use the Washington, D.C., subway system–known as the “Metro.”

    The air was frosty, a freezing cold that Washington, D.C. doesn’t normally endure. A biting wind exacerbated the chill. Cloudy skies prevented sun from shining through. But the weather wasn’t the only gloom in town.

    “I could have just stayed home and watched this all on TV,” one woman complained into her cell phone near Breitbart News’ Kerry Picket, amid negative comments about the freezing air and lack of nearby places to eat.

    Every so often along the lengthy path around the event area, a hustler peddling “Official Obama 2013 Inauguration programs” would pressure groups of people to purchase their booklets. Not many fell for it.[…………………]

    but he is now beginning a second term. God Help Us.

  • Ghost

    #31 okay,
    she looks not half bad for a wookie

  • donh

    Actually the real Michelle Obama is STILL in Hawaii getting the spa treatment…SHE HATES THE COLD…..AND EVERYONE IN DC……..That woman in the Darth Vader costume is a look alike body double …..The wig is just to distract anyone from noticing the double’s subtle features that deviate from the real Michelle’s hair, forehead , and ears.

  • Jackie

    $10,000 and she still has the stupid belt up under her armpits. The cow simply has no class.

  • Redwine

    A black dress worn to celebrate America’s funeral.
    Bought at the expense of some poor person’s salary.
    Worn by someone who neither worked for it, nor deserves it.
    Worn by an arrogant, entitled hustler with the mores of a thug.
    Worn by someone who is filled with hate for America.

    A funeral dress, indeed.

  • bg



    January 21, 2013

    Obama lets Chinese own U.S. energy resources

    [Allowing China to have equity interests in U.S. energy production
    is a reversal of the Bush administration’s policy. In 2005, the Bush
    administration blocked China on grounds of national security from
    an $18.4 billion deal to purchase California-based Unocal Corp.]



  • Patty

    Media has also destroy this nation. They have a love affair and in some occasions met with Obama for tea and talks about how to take the “OTHERS” down.

    Liberal media is the enemy and it keeps on lying and not reporting only bias and until……
    well, they change, which I don’t see happening they just won’t care about reporting truth and facts, on both sides.

  • AuntieMadder

    donh @ #23: Your comment at #23 would explain mine at #20.

  • B.O. don’t know diddley squat

    Has she finished filling her jowls with that shovel she calls a spoon?

    Did she use a bed sheet for napkin or just wipe her mouth on her sleeve?

    Mooshelle gives new definition to disgusting !!!

  • Lim Lynn

    There goes again it’s proven Michelle Traitor in Chief acting like Empress of America. No wonder I just tired to reading the same old headline groundhog day.

  • political prick

    I’ve seen chimps that look better in clothes

  • Lim Lynn
  • bg


    mg4us #29 January 21, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    re: [Makes the Sr Bush forgivable
    at the register with a price of milk!]

    is this what you’re talking about?? 😀


  • jorgen

    Hey, hey, that dress is probably a symbol of social justice!

  • flyover

    WGN-TV 9:00 news edition, the fawning over the beautiful dress was nauseating, of course they didn’t mention any cost. But, they did let us know that the boots were custom made, “just for her” with the dumbest grin and giggles. The harping and disgust that would have spewed if this had been that rich, evil Romney woman.

  • Norman Christopher Jr.

    Thanks to Gatewaypundit for providing a forum for us to spew hatred!

  • CV1

    The dress may be worth $10,000 but that does not mean she purchased it. New York-based designer Thom Browne was very happy to design an inaugural dress for her and then let her parade around in it. Most likely, she will return it and the designer can keep it or auction it off. Where would she ever wear it again? Had any of you heard of Thom Browne before? This is exactly why her dress is handled this way. It’s called “marketing”. The rich and famous do it all the time.

    I detest the Obamas and would never vote for the man, but I think it’s wrong to go on and on about something when the people commenting have no idea what they are talking about.

  • Wizofdali

    Get a life you bunch of pathetic wishywoos… Jealously doesn’t look good the second time around but then’ he’s just a one term president’. RIGHT?! I so glad he’s pushing the gay thing in your faces this time and get ready for the blast of pot air coming to a face in your neighborhood soon. Get a life you un patriotic piles of crap! Michele looks great and like someone you’ll never look like and that’s PRESEDENTIAL and officially a SUCCESS and like someone you never see looking back at you in the mirror .. Someone to respect…what about your pathetic asses… Still crying? Waaaaah. ….
    get a real job you bums!

  • Annika

    Mrs.Obama looks absolutely stunning as she always does. She is impeccable, sophisticated, and fun. She does a fabulous job representing the United States, and as an example to women and mothers everywhere. I admire her tremendously.

  • Limousine Barry

    What’s wrong?

    Let me be clear, we are grossly over-spending. But, I don’t care!

    $10,000.00 for Michelle’s dress includes the high capacity girdle to keep her sagging arse in place! It’s a custom made high cost item!

    Look, I may seem like a hypocrite restricting children’s luncheons but at least me and my cronies ate well! Just take a look at my High Fat Sodium Packed three course meal:

    First Course: Steamed Lobster with New England Clam Chowder Sauce
    Lobster Tails
    New England Clam Chowder Sauce
    Sauteed Spinach
    Sweet Potato Hay

    Per Serving: Calories 783, Fat 45.7g, Saturated Fat 16g, Cholesterol 247 mg, Sodium 1819 mg, Carbohydrates 55g, Dietary Fiber 7.5g, Sugar 14g, Protein 29g

    Second Course: Hickory Grilled Bison with Red Potato Horseradish Cake and Wild Huckleberry Reduction
    Butternut Squash Puree
    Baby Golden Beets and Green Beans
    Red Potato Horseradish Cake
    Strawberry Preserve and Red Cabbage
    Wild Huckleberry Reduction

    Per Serving: Calories 1184, Fat 34.6g, Saturated Fat 16g, Cholesterol 177mg, Sodium 7445mg, Carbohydrates, 149g, Dietary Fiber 16.7, Sugar 97.2g, Protein 51g

    Third Course: Hudson Valley Apple Pie with Sour Cream Ice Cream, Aged Cheese and Honey
    Pie Dough
    Cinnamon Crumble
    Sour Cream Ice Cream
    Maple Caramel Sauce
    Artisan Cheeses

    Per Serving: Calories 1060, Fat 64.4g, Saturated Fat 39g, Cholesterol 331mg, Sodium 488mg, Carbohydrates, 108.5g, Dietary Fiber 1.7g, Sugar 75g, Protein 14g

    Total Nutritional Counts (not including wine pairing): Calories 3027, Fat 145 g, Saturated Fat 71g (49% of fat), Sodium 9752 mg, Total Carbs 312.5g, Sugar 186.2g (59% of carbs)

    Sure, I my policies suck! But, every time I fill up the Limo it costs the tax payers $400.00 That makes me look a charlatan. And, when I fill up the jumbo jet it’s about a quarter million dollars! And, I look even worse – except for the fact that my wife’s arse looks much worse! I can’t answer any more questions. Good day.

  • luckyone

    She also takes very expensive vacations on our dime.

  • peter

    That’s a coat, not a dress. My coat cost a couple thousand too and I wouldn’t place my self in the same earning category…

  • Dave

    You know, a lot of you all who comment on this message board often have perfectly valid things to say and perfectly reasonable grievances, and really, your voices ought to be heard. I mean, I was complaining that this outfit was a non-issue, but sure, maybe you should point out how there could have been some restraint. Again, it’s not like the cost was unprecedented, but that is a complaint that comes from a place of rational thinking. But, do you all not understand that when you have “news” items like Clinton’s photobomb, or when you have posters with entirely outlandish claims like “Michelle Obama was in Hawaii the whole time, that picture is a fake!!” you all lose credibility?

  • I’m sure she had to have her boots specially made because her feet are so big. Kind of like her butt.

  • I’ve seen lots of beautiful black women, but she is definitely not one of them.

  • Steve

    We have the FULL VIDEO OF THE INAUGURATION posted now on Common Cents…

  • Hera

    I’m no fan of the Obama’s but I really like that dress and the red gown she wore to one of the inagural balls. I think she looks much better this year then she did at the first inaguration.

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  • Radegunda

    Hera #61 — check out the video of her shoveling food into her mouth, elbows on table, rolling her eyes, at a very public banquet. That’s the real, uncouth, peevish Meechelle poking through all the plastic surgery and expensive clothes chosen by other people and years of effort to prettify her personality when the cameras are rolling.

    And to the trolls who call us haters etc.: Mooch and Barry hated us and our country long before most of us ever heard of them. (Mooch called us “a downright mean country” with “a hole in our soul.”) Their political agenda is based on envy and grievance (despite the huge advantages handed to them) and powerlust and contempt for the constitutional republic and for anyone who disagrees with their totalitarian aims.

  • #45 January 22, 2013 at 12:25 am
    political prick commented:

    I’ve seen chimps that look better in clothes

    We will just call it Bonzo with a Dutch Boy haircut….

  • bg


    #50 January 22, 2013 at 5:07 am
    Norman Christopher Jr.

    speak for yourself..

    i spew no hatred of anyone per se, what they
    say or do however, is a different kettle of fish..

    [disclaimer: Edward “Ted” Kennedy and John “F’n”
    Kerry being the exceptions.. one down, one to go]


  • Look-Out

    Re #54…I had to hit the link to see if Mooch’s lunch was really what Limousine Barry posted..YES IT WAS!

    And found a bonus there: the kiddie menu Mooch allows our school children:

    Turkey (1 oz) and low-fat cheese (0.5 oz) sandwich on whole wheat bread
    Refried beans (1/2 cup)
    Jicama (1/4 cup)
    Green pepper strips (1/4 cup)
    Cantaloupe wedges (1/2 cup)
    Skim milk (8 oz)
    Mustard (9 grams)
    Reduced fat mayonnaise (1 oz)
    Low-fat ranch drip (1 oz)

    Hold on… I’m sorry. That was a school lunch menu from the beginning of the school year after the changes championed by Michelle Obama were implemented to combat obesity.

    Oh, I can hear her defenders now…”but, but, but this was a special occasion!” THIS IS NOTHING NEW.

    Just ask how the poor and sick in her Chicago neighborhood feel about the Obamas and their pals who took advantage of them when they first had a measure of power. Google (if hasn’t been removed) her favoring wealthy patients while serving as Community Outreach Chmn. of U. of Chicago Hospital and Obama pals Rezko/Jarrett leaving the poor with substandard/condemned housing.

    Money in their own pockets was their goal. Not caring one whit for the poor who discovered their pretty words meant nothing.

    They’ve got the we-take-care-of-ourselves-and-those-we-owe down pat. You ain’t begun to see the pain they have in mind for the rest of us. Especially their enemies.

  • bg


    Hera #61 January 22, 2013 at 8:50 am

    i concur..

    (ht donh #23)


  • Look-Out

    I’d like to commend Laura Bush. Someone posted that her gowns cost nearly as much…ranging from 2 or 3 thousand to about 7 thousand. Well, those were her EVENING GOWNS, not an afternoon dress or outfit: the description included beading and embroidery…

    NO ONE could ever say she was extravagant in dress or indulged herself. No, she was a confident person, knows who she is and LIKES HERSELF. One of our best First Ladies — an absolutely lovely person who was/is MODEST, generous and pleasant in ALL circumstances…I think of a model Christian when she comes to mind.

    Mooch doesn’t like herself. It’s a pity, but explains alot about her.

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  • Candy

    PinkDiva, name one First Lady that wore leggings with a dress. Please tell me it’s a coat dress.

    Would you… be honest, put that belt over that dress?

    I know, she’s setting a trend.

    In Michelle’s defense, my family’s from Chicago and they can’t dress to save their lives.

  • Susan Daniels

    She still looks like a trans vest ite in that ugly wig and no $10,000 dress is going to change that.

  • Lim Lynn

    @Look Out
    Turkey (1 oz) and low-fat cheese (0.5 oz) sandwich on whole wheat bread
    Refried beans (1/2 cup)
    Jicama (1/4 cup)
    Green pepper strips (1/4 cup)
    Cantaloupe wedges (1/2 cup)
    Skim milk (8 oz)
    Mustard (9 grams)
    Reduced fat mayonnaise (1 oz)
    Low-fat ranch drip (1 oz)
    Whole wheat bread would get my stomach upset.
    Refried beans kind of oily…unless it’s stir fry beans.
    Jicama, mustard, cantaloupe wedges and green pepper strips fine.
    Skim milk, low fat cheese low fat ranch drip and reduced fat mayonnaise.
    Erm…kids shouldn’t be eating too much healthy food cause their metabolic rate is faster than adults. Sigh…

  • Kippi

    Wow!! Guess all you idiots voted for Romney or your white bed sheets serve a dual purpose.

    Give over it and do your part to make this country better!!

  • Kippi

    “get over it”

  • Kippi

    Limousine Barry,

    Are you mad because the Black President and the Black First Lady ate off “our dime” as you put it.. what have they done that’s more excessive than past Presidents? The Regans didn’t care about your poor unintelligent ass when Nancy purchased all new china and had the White house remodeled for her taste.

    I mean just what is your issue? Please be frank! Perhaps we can finally have the long over due conversation about race and racism in this country. Don’t be shy!!

  • Keisha Smith

    These comments about chimpanzees, apes, monkeys etc. show how cruel, racist and divisive you people really are. I am wholly convinced that this is a matter of genetic pre-disposition, nurtured by bigoted upbringing. If you don’t like the dress, fine but why the hate-filled rhetoric? Is this what is being taught in the bible? Really?