Cathy Horyn makes a number of compelling points on her Times blog about the controversy surrounding Michelle Obama’s (now practically infamous) red Alexander McQueen state dinner dress. That the dress was not of American origin doesn’t bother Horyn, who takes issue with the CFDA expressing disappointment in Michelle’s choice.
The truth is many of its members, including its president, Diane Von Furstenberg, manufacture a significant portion of their clothes outside the United States, mainly in Asia. Why wasn’t that mentioned in the WWD articles? The only explanation I have is that the C.F.D.A. has nothing to gain from being straightforward. But, apparently, it has everything to gain by goading the first lady into wearing American labels.
Witch Hunt [On the Runway/NYT]