Michelle Obama: Fashion Icon

Remember those heady days of the late ’08s and early ’09s when there was lots of talk about Michelle Obama‘s wardrobe, from how it was going to revolutionize the fashion world to all the speculation over what she would wear at the next big event? Granted, over the past couple of years there’s been gallons of ink used to talk about the First Lady’s fashion sense, but it seems like as the politics went negative, so did some of the press, from the Curse of Michelle which struck both Maria Pinto and Kai Millas‘ now-shuttered lines, and some talk here and there when Mrs. Obama hadn’t selected a piece of clothing by cultural one group over another. This might all change next week, however, with the release of author Kate Betts‘ book Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style. The book, penned by current contributing editor at Time and former editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, reportedly spends its 256 pages digging in to the First Lady-as-fashionista, not just talking about her wardrobe choices, but what implications those decisions have had across the fashion industry and the culture and politics as a whole. While Booklist‘s early review is a mixed bag as to its overall quality as a read, they’re likely correct when saying that it’s “bound to be asked for by many readers.” Will be interesting to see what sort of boosting effect it has on First Lady fashion reporting.

A promo video of Kate Betts talking about her book after the jump.