Brandon Maxwell has gone from dressing Lady Gaga to dressing the First Lady.
The floor-length design had a minimalist, clean aesthetic, which recalled the sleek lines of the blue dress by Christian Siriano that Obama wore at the Democratic National Convention. Her hair, which has recently been styled with soft, tousled waves, was pinned back into a chignon. She finished the look with statement earrings.
It’s always a joy to see First Lady Michelle Obama support homegrown design talent with her unique fashion choices , as she famously has with the likes of Jason Wu, Narciso Rodriguez, Tracy Reese and many more. But on Tuesday night, she made a major statement at a White House state dinner honoring Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore and his wife Ho Ching by wearing an ivory sponge crepe gown designed by Brandon Maxwell, who only debuted his line at New York Fashion Week last September
Maxwell has had a big year. In June, the designer won an award for emerging womenswear designers from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. He dressed Lady Gaga for both the Oscars and the Grammys. He was also short-listed for the LVMH prize for young fashion designers.
Maxwell is perhaps best known for styling Lady Gaga, with whom he still works, but in the months since he launched his eponymous black-and-white, minimalist collection, his profile as an eveningwear designer has risen dramatically.
“It has been an incredible honor for me and my team to create this dress for the First Lady,” said Maxwell via e-mail to WWD. Strong and elegant, she is the embodiment of the woman that inspires me to create, and a role model for women all over the world.”
While the First Lady is without a doubt Maxwell’s highest profile “red carpet” moment to date — not to equate state dinners with red carpets, but for designers they provide similar visibility — he’s already had his share of exciting moments in the spot light. In the last year, he’s dressed Naomi Campbell, Kerry Washington, Iman, Karlie Kloss and, of course, Lady Gaga.