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Although yesterday was Barack Obama’s inauguration and all the focus should have been on him, we cannot deny how great Michelle Obama looked throughout the day!

For the inaugural parade and the actual swearing in, the FLOTUS donned an amazing coat by none other than American designer Thom Browne. Michelle paired it with a belt by J.Crew and boots by Reed Krakoff

The jacket itself got the most buzz, mainly because it fit like a dream and was actually a custom piece made from the silk-tie jacquards Thom used for his men’s collection that he showed yesterday during Paris Men’s Fashion Week.

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NYMag got a chance to talk to Thom about the First Lady wearing the coat he designed. Check out some excerpts below: 

On whether or not Michelle Obama’s people specifically asked Thom to make a coat:

No, I knew she was going to be outside, and I know what she’s worn before. I’ve designed some dresses for her in the past. But this time she was going to be outside, and so I decided to make a coat and a dress. I really wanted to design something that was going to be appropriate for the day, but that reflected her strong sense of style.

On how he found out she actually wore the outfit:

Well, it’s pretty overwhelming. Being here in Paris [for men’s collections], and being in a different time zone, I found out over an e-mail. I had an idea it might happen, but I heard first through a friend.

On her pairing the jacket with a J.Crew belt:

Well, I designed a belt for it myself and that’s what is so great about this experience. She has such a strong sense of what she likes and that’s a true testament to her personal style. The belt I designed was very similar to the belt she wore, but it was made in the same fabric as the coat.

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Check out some of the detailed images of Michelle Obama in her coat by Thom Browne in the gallery above.

To read the full interview that Thom did with NYMag, you can head over to their website by clicking here.

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