'Good Wife' Costume Designer on Michelle Obama's Look: 'Clever Styling'

by Raphael Chestang 2:18 PM PST, January 21, 2015
Playing 'Good Wife' Costume Designer on Michelle Obama's Look: 'Clever Styling'

Politics and pop culture collided in an epic way during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

First Lady Michelle Obama sent the Internet into a frenzy when she wore the same Michael Kors suit that Alicia Florrick, Julianna Marguilies' beloved The Good Wife character, donned on a season five episode of the hit show. Now, ET is talking to the CBS drama's costume designer Daniel Lawson about the wardrobe choice.

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The origami-inspired tweed jacket comes from Michael Kors' 2013 fall line, and Daniel couldn't have been happier with the decision.

"I thought it was exciting and it was nice that Michelle Obama was wearing a suit that I had identified as putting across a feminine but strong, powerful business woman feel, so it was kind of great to see that, Daniel told ET. "You can't help but look at the face with that suit so I thought it was very clever styling on [her styling team's] part."

He goes on, "It was a suit, it wasn't a dress. It shows a little seriousness. It shows a little strength to it. At the same time, the lines to it had a real feminine quality which is great and sort of played against the strength of the suit."

As for the similarities between the two powerful women, Daniel points out, "First of all, they are both beautiful. They're both lawyers.They're both strong and yet not afraid of their feminine side."

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"To even think that the first lady would look at The Good Wife for styling advice would be beyond humbling," Daniel adds. "I would love to think that she does look at the show from time to time...To even think that she would take a tip from the show would be incredibly humbling and incredibly satisfying."

As for the fashion designer himself, Michael Kors is also very excited to see the first lady rocking his power look.

"I'm always excited to see smart, sophisticated and stylish women like Mrs. Obama wearing my designs," he told ET.

The size 4 that Julianna wore for The Good Wife is still in Daniel's vault. It cost nearly $1,600 and went on sale for about $800. It comes as no surprise that the outfit quickly sold out online after last night's State of the Union address.

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Mrs. Obama herself has opened up to ET about her fashion choices in the past, saying, "A lot of it isn't just the clothes. It's the attitude. Style is about confidence."

Back in September, Amal Clooney was spotted wearing an Alexander McQueen dress similar to one the first lady had previously worn to a state dinner, proving that Mrs. Obama's Hollywood fashion influence is a two-way street.