FIRST LADY

Michelle Obama's Fashion First

It's another first for the first lady: Michelle Obama attended the "Christmas in Washington" concert in a vintage black dress from the 1950s, marking the first time a first lady has attended a high-profile public event in a secondhand dress. The gown, by the late designer Norman Norell, has a square neckline, is covered with black lace, and has a tea-length tulle skirt. No one knows exactly how much Mrs. Obama's wardrobe crew paid for the dress, but fashion experts estimate $2,500. The gown came from a vintage boutique in Chelsea, New York City, which said the first lady plans to wear more of its gowns in the future.