The 30-year-old Project Runway alum also spoke to Vogueabout his inspiration behind Michelle's look. "It was about striking the balance with that dress," he explained. "I think the top made it feel powerful and the bottom made it feel soft and kind of romantic. My personal opinion is that it represents her personality, from what I see [having never met her]. She’s such a powerful woman and she is so strong, but she’s also one of the kindest people there is."
Siriano added, "That’s the balance of that dress: a simple silhouette that is still elegant and romantic and covered [up] in a different way. It was also different from what every other woman wore, which was also an interesting choice.”
Upon getting the request to design a dress for President Barack Obama's wife, Siriano -- who was also behind the black dress she wore to the memorial service for the slain police officers in Dallas, Texas -- said he was careful not to look at her past styles. "I’ve obviously seen things that she’s worn -- you can’t not see them!" he told the high-fashion magazine. "But I actually tried not to psych myself out. I just tried to make a great, beautiful dress."
Michelle's speech was even more inspiring than her style. "Our motto is when they go low, we go high," she declared, a line that quickly went viral. "With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us."