First lady fashion statements
Fashion trendsetting has been an unofficial role of first ladies since Martha Washington. The most recent trend, that was started by first lady Michelle Obama in 2009: Sleevelessness. In this gallery: Obama's fashion statement, and some highlights from other first ladies through history. (By Wendy Donahue/Chicago Tribune reporter)
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First lady Michelle Obama was featured on the cover of People magazine in February 2009, in a sleeveless dress. It was one that quelled a separate fashion complaint: that Obama had not worn a dress by an African-American designer. The deep-pink lace confection was by Tracy Reese, a more moderately priced designer, who is black. The dress retailed for $395 at tracyreese.com.