By Sonya Magett, EnStarz | Sep 05, 2012 05:10 PM EDT
First Lady Michelle Obama has been getting rave reviews for the stunning pink and gold silk dress she wore at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, Sept. 4
According to the New York Times, by the time Mrs. Obama left the stage, there was a record 28,000 tweets per minute about her speech and appearance. While some people criticized her speech, a majority of the comments were positive feedback for her fashion choice.
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The dress was custom made by fashion designer Tracy Reese. Reese, a longtime favorite by Obama, also took to Twitter to thank the First Lady:
"So honored @MichelleObama is wearing @Tracy_Reese for tonight's speech #DNC2012."
"Thanks everyone for sharing this amazing moment! We are all so grateful and honored to have dressed Mrs. Obama for such a momentous speech!!" she added.
"Project Runway" host Tim Gunn tweeted: Congratulations to @MichelleObama on a fabulous speech last night, and to @Tracy_Reese for making her appropriately glorious dress!
Reese described the dress in a statement as a "silk jacquard in an abstract baroque wallpaper pattern" with a bodice in hot pink woven with rust and copper.
Reese told ABC News she thought Mrs. Obama "looked incredible and spoke beautifully; I am so honored that she chose to wear one of my designs for such a memorable occasion."
It's not the first time Mrs. Obama chose a design by Reese, an African American designer who is showing a new collection on Sunday, Sept. 9 during New York Fashion Week.
The New York Times reports that compared to Ann Romney's red Oscar de La Renta dress she wore at the RNC, "Mrs. Obama came up the winner, in a beautifully fitted dress that was a savvy choice in the era of high-definition television."
First Lady Michelle Obama has garnered a huge following in the fashion community for her personal style ever since she delivered her speech in a chic neck jade tone dress at the DNC in 2008.
After she and her husband President Barack Obama moved in the White House in January, 2009, several fashion blogs and hardcover books were published that focused specifically on Michelle Obama's personal style.
"Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style," "Michelle Style: Celebrating the First Lady of Fashion", "Michelle Obama: 100 Days of Style" and Commander in Chic: Every Woman's Guide to Managing Her Style like a First Lady" are four of at least half-dozen books that have been released.
The custom Tracy Reese dress has not yet been mass produced for consumers but her pink pumps by J.Crew are available for purchase. While similar styles from Tracy Reese cost $395 to $450, Mrs. Romney's Oscar De La Renta dress cost $1,990.
Mrs. Obama is expected to deliver a couple more speeches at the convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, and attend the closing event Thursday where President Obama will accept his party's nomination for the Presidential candidacy.
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