First Lady Michelle Obama Wears Lady Gaga’s Favorite Designer
The First Lady chose a strapless, unadorned ivory gown by American designer Brandon Maxwell, longtime stylist to singer Lady Gaga and a red carpet favorite, for Tuesday’s state dinner for the prime minister of Singapore.
The black-tie dinner in honor of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife, Ho Ching, was the 12th state dinner for the Obamas. It also marked the 50th anniversary of bilateral relations between the U.S. and Singapore, an island nation of about 5.7 million people.
Maxwell earned his name as Lady Gaga’s stylist, but has become a red carpet favorite, dressing stars like Kristen Wiig, Gwyneth Paltrow and Uma Thurman. Maxwell launched his ready-to-wear label in 2015.
Maxwell is having a big year. In June, the designer won an award for emerging womenswear designers from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. He adorned Lady Gaga for both the Oscars and the Grammys. He was also short-listed for the LVMH prize for young fashion designers.
The first lady Michelle Obama has graced a number of American designers during her nearly eight years in the White House, as well as designers from the countries of visiting heads of state.