Last month, designers Diane Von Furstenberg and Oscar de la Renta criticized the first lady for wearing a British-label dress to a state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao. "My understanding is that the visit was to promote American-Chinese trade. American products in China and Chinese products in America," de la Renta told Women's Wear Daily. "Why do you wear European clothes?"
During an interview with Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America," Obama defended the gown, designed by the house of the late Alexander McQueen, saying, "Look, women, wear what you love. That's all I can say. That's my motto. I wear what I like because I've got to be in the dress."