President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan to the White House for a state dinner. (AP)

Michelle Obama wore a black off-the-shoulder Vera Wang Collection mermaid gown to the state dinner in honor of Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday night. The first lady’s look — hair gathered in that vintage sultry side sweep popular on red carpets and the form-fitting frock’s silhouette — hearkened back to old Hollywood glamour. It was a very Veronica Lake moment. The custom dress was silk crepe with a V-neckline, delicate tulle sleeves and an organza pleated skirt.

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Wang tweeted that it was “such a privilege, as an American of Chinese heritage, to have dressed” Mrs. Obama.

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan to the White House for a state dinner. (AP)

First lady Michelle Obama adjusts President Obama’s bow tie. (Steve Helber/ AP Photo)

On the North Portico, President Obama remarks at how good his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, looks. (Steve Helber/ AP Photo)

 

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