US President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan
US President Barack Obama (R) and first lady Michelle Obama (2nd L) pose with Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd R) and Madame Peng Liyuan as they arrive for a State Dinner at the White House in Washington, September 25, 2015. Reuters/Mike Theiler

The First lady of the United States Michelle Obama stunned in a black Vera Wang gown at the Chinese State Dinner, which was held at the White House on Friday. She joined U.S. President Barack Obama to host Chinese president Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan.

The 51-year-old first lady chose an off-the-shoulder black mermaid gown created by Chinese-American fashion designer Vera Wang, Hello reported. The floor grazing dress featured sheer sleeves and a tulle skirt, with a low-cut back. It had a deep-V detail on the neckline and showed off her cleavage, curves and toned arms.

Michelle looked ravishing in the custom Vera Wang collection gown, which she accessorised with a chunky green ring and matching long earrings. Her dark hair was swept to one side and styled in curls. She kept her make-up simple with smoky eyes and some lip gloss.

Just before the Chinese state dinner, Michelle took to Twitter and uploaded her look for the night. She is seen standing in the East Room of the White House wearing her custom dress. The picture shows tables laid out for the event with crockery, cutlery and flowers adorning along with candles. Huge chandeliers hanging from the ceiling are also seen in the room.


First glance at tonight's China State Dinner.

A photo posted by First Lady Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) on

“It is such a privilege, as an American of Chinese heritage, to have dressed First Lady Michelle Obama for this state dinner honoring President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan, of the People’s Republic of China,” designer Vera Wang said in a Facebook post. The designer also took to Instagram and shared pictures of the first lady in the dress.

Before the guests of honour arrived, Michelle and her husband put on a cute display as she was seen adjusting her husband’s bow-tie, Yahoo! News reported. President Obama looked dapper in a sleek black tuxedo, which he paired with a white shirt and black bow-tie. He finished off his look with a white pocket square and black lace-up shoes.

Meanwhile, their Chinese counterparts were also smartly dressed. Chinese President Xi Jinping opted for a dark navy suit and trousers combo. The suit featured a Chinese collar and was also adorned with embroidery. He accessorised with an aquamarine pocket square and black shoes.

Peng Liyuan, who is considered a fashion icon in China, selected an embellished silk gown in a rich aquamarine hue. It featured three-quarter-length flared sleeves and intricate beading. She accessorised with a small black embellished clutch and small earrings. She opted for a bronze shade of lipstick. Her hair was pulled back into a bun and styled into a bouffant.

The president and his wife were joined by 200 guests consisting of diplomats, business owners and Hollywood stars, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his pregnant wife Priscilla Chan, former secretary of state Henry Kissinger and film director Lee Daniels.

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