I’ve already written about how much I liked Alexander McQueen’s dress Michelle Obama wore to the dinner with the Chinese president. But as it turned out there were people who considered this choice as wrong. Oscar de la Renta, one of the most reputable designers of the US, has criticized the First Lady for wearing creations of European dressmakers instead of American ones. The criticism was based on the fact the Obama family went to China to promote Chinese-American trade and thus had to support American products in China instead of European ones.
Oscar de la Renta, who used to criticize Obama’s lack of support of American fashion a couple of years ago, has questioned why she chose the McQueen gown for the occasion.
He told WWD:
My understanding is that the visit was to promote American-Chinese trade — American products in China and Chinese products in America. Why do you wear European clothes?”
He added that he personally didn’t need that support while there were other younger talented designers who needed help:
I’m not talking about my clothes, my business. I’m old, and I don’t need it. But there are a lot of young people, very talented people here who do.”