Photo via Flickr user Barack Obama // Creative Commons
As the Democrat presidential hopefuls and their partners descended on Iowa for the pivotal Jefferson Jackson Democrat fundraising dinner back in November 2007, it’s fair to say Mrs. O already looked the part.
All in black, she teamed the straight lines of a simple sheath dress with a matching fitted double breasted jacket with a distinctive, outsize collar, asymmetrical buttons and three-quarter length sleeves. As a silhouette, it’s deceptively simple: as is often the case with Mrs. O, the fine details are what give this outfit real flair. We think it could well have been taken from Giorgio Armani’s Fall Winter 2007 collection, although the neckline of this gorgeous jacket from Maria Pinto’s collection from the same season may suggest the suit is her design. What do you think? Please get in touch if you think you have the answer.
She wore the ensemble throughout the day, from leading supporters to a rally alongside her husband, into the evening event when she confidently warmed up the assembled Iowan audience ahead of Barack’s speech. His performance that night, as we now know, marked a powerful moment in his candidacy, early signs that the Democrat tide was turning his way. We think this shot of Mrs. O alongside 5-time Grammy award winner John Legend (who performed at the rally) is particularly stunning. Smiling and at ease, hair pulled up into an elegant, loose chignon, we note the later addition – in what we now know to be a trademark move – of a gorgeous, large brooch to the jacket lapel for the evening.
Date: November 10, 2007
Venue: Jefferson Jackson Fundraising Dinner, Des Moines, Iowa