If Michelle Obama and Anna Wintour are at the same event, you already know something pretty fabulous is happening. On Monday morning, FLOTUS and other fashionable celebrities came together to honor the Vogue editor-in-chief before the ribbon cutting of the new Anna Wintour Costume Center.
The event, held in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, was attended by tons of stylish celebrities, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Von Furstenberg, Donatella Versace, Calvin Klein, Tory Burch, Victoria Beckham, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Alexander Wang and Ralph Lauren — you know, just casual affair. However, Obama led the ceremony, and praised Wintour for her numerous contributions to fashion.
“I’m here today because of Anna,” Obama said. “I’m so impressed by Anna’s contributions not just to fashion but to this great museum. This center is for anyone who cares about fashion and how it impacts our culture and our history.”
A major fashion icon herself, Obama wore a floral Naeem Khan dress to the event. Complete with long sleeves and emerald green embroidery, the gown was perfect for the occasion and explains just why FLOTUS has ended up on so many best dressed lists (I mean, did you see her at the White House Correspondent’s dinner?).
Despite Obama’s fashionable presence, the event was still undoubtedly about Anna.
J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons, creative director for the brand, said that Wintour was nothing but deserving of the honor, echoing the feelings of many other attendees.
“Anna is an ambassador to the fashion industry,” Lyons said.
Prior to receiving its new name, the Anna Wintour Costume Center recently underwent a massive $40 million renovation. It will include exhibition galleries, a library, a conservation laboratory, research areas and offices.
The new center’s inaugural show is dedicated to master couturier Charles James, and will open on May 8.