Michelle Obama goes regal in red Alexander McQueen

America's First Lady flew the flag for British fashion, donning a spectacular gown by the late designer for a grand State Dinner

It’s little wonder she’s been dubbed the ‘First Lady of Fashion.’ Michelle Obama paid tribute to late British designer Alexander McQueen last night, when she wore a spectacular regal red gown to a State Dinner at the White House.

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While renowned for championing emerging design talents and little-known labels, Michelle usually tends to promote American-based brands – so it was a refreshing change to see her flying the flag for British style, particularly on such a high-profile occasion.

And of course, it was a great honour for McQueen’s design successor, Sarah Burton – who took up the helm of the fashion house in the wake of his sudden death.

Michelle and Barack Obama - Alexander McQueen, Marie Claire

The ruffled, organza creation was a modified version of the finale piece from the Resort 2011 collection, the first under Sarah’s eye.

Michelle Obama in Alexander McQueen - British, designer, gown, dress, late, Barack Obama, Chinese President, State Dinner, Marie Claire

The First Lady teamed her standout frock with dazzling droplet earrings, an elegant updo and a black fringed shawl.

Michelle Obama in Alexander McQueen - British, designer, gown, dress, late, Barack Obama, Chinese President, State Dinner, Marie Claire

The Obamas were hosting a grand State Dinner at the White House, in honour of the Chinese President, Hu Jintao – the first for a Chinese leader in 13 years.

Michelle Obama in Alexander McQueen - British, designer, gown, dress, late, Barack Obama, Chinese President, State Dinner, Marie Claire

What do you make of Michelle’s British style? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below!

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