|FM's Michelle Obama in Princess Diana fashion|
First I tried on a purple gown made for Franklin Mint's Diana, Princess of Wales Portrait Doll. I was pleasantly surprised at how stunning the Michelle doll looks in this fashion. More images follow:
|The gown nicely hugs the doll's curves.|
Fashioned after a Gianni Versace purple silk crepe gown that Princess Diana wore at a breast cancer benefit at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois in June1996, accessories include a matching clutch and shoes, pearl and faux gem choker, and drop earrings. This redress helped formulate the opinion that "she [Michelle] looks great in anything!" Until...
|FM's Michelle Obama in red ensemble|
This discovery prompted a Google search for more information on the fashion... and the bear. Search results from reliable websites disclosed that the outfit replicates the 1962 Valentine's Day fashion worn by Jackie Kennedy for a televised tour of the White House. This was the first time a First Lady of the United States had been given air time. Search results also included a $195 Buy-It-Now auction for this fashion! I think I paid, maybe $14 for it at Tuesday Morning.
In Rob Frydlewicz's article, Jackie Kennedy's Televised Tour of the White House (February 14, 1962), he interestingly states, "...her outfit resembled something First Lady Michelle Obama might wear today..." I agree. Had the replicated fashion been scaled for a doll, it would be perfect for mine. The bear fashion includes gold-encircled pearl stud earrings. These remain on the original card, which the doll holds in the above image.
|FM Michelle Obama in "Forever Love Collection" fashion|
After placing the Franklin Mint outfits back on the dolls that were wearing them initially, before returning the dolls to their areas of display, and storing the two-piece red bear fashion in the doll trunk, I took one final photograph.
|Madame Alexander's Leslie (1970s), Tonner's Ready to Wear Esmé, and Franklin Mint's Michelle Obama look fab-u-lous in these Franklin Mint fashions.|