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Can Michelle Save American Fashion?

Like pretty much everything else, American fashion faces hard times ahead, but, for the first time since Jackie O, it has an advocate in the White House. During the election, Michelle Obama "signaled an interest both in looking stylish and also in advancing the cause of American fashion and those who design and make it," reports The New York Times. Sometimes, she wore off-the-rack clothing from J. Crew, other times high-end designers like Narciso Rodriguez. But nearly all the clothes were American. "Just looking at the designers she's been drawn to, you can see she's shown astute sartorial judgment that thoughtful and intelligent American designers are perfectly capable of creating clothes that have an impact on the world stage," said Hamish Bowles, an editor at Vogue and curator of a 2001 show about Jackie Kennedy's style at New York’s Met Museum.