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CFDA 'Disappointed' In Michelle Obama For Wearing McQueen To State Dinner (POLL)

First Posted: 01/26/2011 8:35 am Updated: 05/25/2011 6:25 pm

It seems that Oscar de la Renta isn't the only one with a dissenting opinion about Michelle Obama's State Dinner dress by McQueen. Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) president Diane Von Furstenberg sent a statement to WWD reading:

"CFDA believes in promoting American fashion. Our First Lady Michelle Obama has been wonderful at promoting our designers, so we were surprised and a little disappointed not to be represented for this major state dinner."

Executive Director Steven Kolb also spoke with the fashion newspaper:

Asked if he thinks Obama should incorporate more clothes from major designers into her public wardrobe, Kolb implied that, while such occasional sightings might be nice, the First Lady should feel no pressure to wear clothes that don't suit her. "When it comes right down to it, there are no greater American ambassadors in fashion than Ralph Lauren and Oscar de la Renta. That's just a fact, right?" he said. "Mrs. Obama is the First Lady, but she's also an individual and she's a woman. She's going to dress in clothes that she looks good in and that she feels comfortable in. I don't think she's making a statement by not wearing someone. She's just choosing clothes as a woman."

Point of clarification: neither Diane Von Furstenberg nor Oscar de la Renta are American -- the former born in Belgium and the latter in the Dominican Republic -- but both have built their businesses on good old, USA! USA! soil.

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