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Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 09/06/2012

Michelle Obama’s convention dress to retail for less than $500

Fashion critics — including our own Katherine Boyle — swooned over the custom-made Tracy Reese creation Michelle Obama wore for her speech at the Democratic National Convention. And soon, women who want to dress like the first lady will get their chance: Reese announced on the Today Show Thursday morning that she’ll be rushing the dress into production, and it will cost less than $500.

Reese didn’t announce a date for the dress debut, but said it would be available “very soon.” Her designs are available at high-end department stores, including Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.


U.S. first lady Michelle Obama waves after concluding her address to delegates during the first session of the Democratic National Convention. (JASON REED - REUTERS)

Obama wore the pink silk jacquard dress with pale blue trim with a pair of J. Crew “Everly” suede pumps in rhubarb ($245) and accented the ensemble with Artistic Nail Design’s purple-gray gel polish, “Vogue,”($15.95, but not available on the designer’s website).

The dress cemented Obama’s patronage of the African-American designer, wrote Boyle. Reese said that she designs for women with Obama’s figure in mind. “There’s a certain type of silhouette that is really flattering with [Obama’s] figure,” she said. “She’s tall and lean and curvy through the hips, so I’m always thinking about that.”

If you’re a fan of Reese and in the Washington area, head to Proper Topper in Dupont on Sept. 7th and 8th. The Washington Post’s Fashion Washington is co-sponsoring a Tracy Reese trunk show.

By  |  09:34 AM ET, 09/06/2012

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