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Designer Barbara Tfank scores with Mrs. O


Add Los Angeles-based Barbara Tfank to the list of illustrious designers who have dressed Michelle Obama. The first lady wore this delightful box-pleat dress with a funnel neck from Tfank's collection to kickoff the Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride at the White House last month. The silk jacquard dress is available by special order from Barneys in New York and Chicago or from Susan of Burlingame in San Francisco.  

The outing was a long time coming. The dress was snapped up by Obama's unofficial stylist, Chicago retailer Ikram Goldman, back in March when Tfank was showing her sample collection in Paris. It wound its way back to the designer's L.A. atelier, into production and into Obama's closet in just days. "I had to have the finished dress in Chicago by Wednesday and it was a Sunday," Tfank said by phone on Tuesday.

Not that she minded one bit. "I am honored that she wore it and honored that she wore it for such a wonderful occasion. I'm very touched," Tfank said.

It's great exposure for the designer whose star is rising with women who put a premium on quality fabrics and timeless silhouettes. Bravo.

-- Booth Moore

Photo: First Lady Michelle Obama with wounded soldiers on April 28 wearing a Barbara Tfank dress. Credit: Samantha Appleton / White House

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This design is pure Jackie Kennedy in the 60's and not that attractive. I'm sure Tfank can do better than this.

A beautiful dress with perfect modeling. Enhances the feminine silhouette, which we appreciate very much. Excellent purchase for those who seek quality in an elegant style that never goes out of fashion. The fabric is perfect for a delicate and beautiful pattern.

Leila Silva

That is one ugly dress. The dress is wearing her, she isn't wearing it. Isn't that the first rule of fashion. Can't see her for the dress. Burn that sucker! The dress I mean not Mrs. Obama she's o. k.

This is grotesque, she is NOT pretty inside and out, she is NOT an icon of fashion

Then it is equally grotesque to see a woman who does not even like America greeted by patriotic soldiers in uniform

This entire story does not make sense

Of course it "scores with Mrs. O" because she has no taste. She doesn't know how to dress for an important affair like a state dinner. She looks like she's going to a picnic. One person said she looks like she gets her clothes from Goodwill.


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