*Designer Prabal Gurung said he found out that First Lady Michelle Obama was wearing one of his gowns to Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner at the same time everyone else did.
“I got a text, and an email, and an email, and then emails and I was like, holy cow,” Gurung told The Huffington Post. “So I called one of my coworkers and I asked him to go online and check and he started screaming.”
Gurung said he was aware that Mrs. Obama owned the red, draped dress that he designed, but he wasn’t sure when she would wear it.
“I was really hoping [she’d wear it to the dinner],” Gurung confessed. “I made it, and I made it the best way I could and I sent it out to her….Red is my favorite color, and I was thinking about her and she’s worn different kinds of styles. She’s worn strapless. She’s worn bigger skirts. The way this matte jersey is draped and hand stitched–and you haven’t seen the back part of the gown–is incredibly beautiful. When I was doing it, I thought it would perfectly enhance the type of woman she is. It’s modern, not vulgar, very chic, very beautiful.”
Mrs. Obama topped off the dress with gold and diamonds – specifically two cuffs from Bochic and Sutra Jewels. The bottom cuff is Sutra Jewels, containing ten carats of raspberry tourmaline flanked by rose-cut diamonds. The top cuff by Bochic sports more rose-cut diamonds along with gold filigree, and has a price tag of $17,500.