While on a tour of Africa, United States first lady Michelle Obama wore a shirt by Nigerian designer Maki Oh.
The stylish first lady wore the Adire Tally shirt to a MTV Base Meets African Youth event while she was in South Africa as part of her visit to the continent with her husband Barack Obama. She wore the hand-printed blouse with an a-line skirt, in green with bold prints.
The session saw the mother of two and former lawyer participating in a ‘live hangout’ called Connecting Continents: A Conversation with U.S First Lady Michelle Obama which saw her chatting to four young people from Africa.
The young Nigerian designer has made a splash since arriving on the fashion scene five years ago, but despite having dressed stars the likes of Solange Knowles and Leelee Sobieski, Obama is certainly the biggest name to have worn her threads.
According to Interview Magazine, Oh “hand-dyes all of her fabrics with natural indigo leaves and paints on prints with a cassava plant paste, a traditional Nigerian practice called adire”. This is a result of the designer’s environmental and cultural agenda.
Obama is known for wearing eye-catching garments from a range of designers, including a few upstarts who have had their career made by the first lady’s fashion choices.
Maki Oh isn’t the first African designer to dress Obama, as she has worn dresses by Tunisian born designer Azzedine Alaia to public appearances in the past.
Culled from Howitz Msn- Africa July 2 2013