Naeem Khan: yesterday, that name might not have rung a bell for most Americans, but how quickly things change under the Obama administration! When Michelle Obama wore the designer's strapless metallic gown to Tuesday night's state dinner, she introduced another talented dressmaker to her adoring fashion audience. So, uh, who is Naeem Khan?
According to his website, Khan was born in India and grew up "under the watchful eyes of his father and grandfather, both well known throughout the country for designing intricate and luxurious clothing worn by the royal families and other social notables." He moved to the US as a teenager and worked for Halston and Riazee before launching his own label in 2003. He's dressed everyone from Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce to Queen Noor of Jordan and now Michelle Obama.
In an interview with People.com, Khan expressed his excitement over clothing the FLOTUS on such an apt occasion:
"I feel so happy to be a part of this historical event between the two countries where my heart lies. I am relieved to have a job well done and am so honored to have been chosen. This is a Thanksgiving in its truest form for me and one that I will never forget--an American dream coming true."
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