Michelle Obama Has India Buzzing About Her Outfit

The first lady emerged from Air Force One wearing Bibhu Mohapatra.

January 25, 2015, 7:55 AM

NEW DELHI — -- Michelle Obama is taking something of a backseat on her husband's second trip to India, with no official schedule of her own and no Indian first lady on hand to keep her company. But she is creating buzz with her wardrobe, turning heads with her choice of outfit the second she stepped off Air Force One.

Her knee-length floral dress by Bibhu Mohapatra, a famous Indian designer who lives in New York but was born in Rourkela in Odisha, was paired with a matching coat and black pumps.

Mohapatra celebrated Mrs. Obama’s choice as soon as she got off the plane.

"The President and the First Lady arrive in #India. @flotus wearing @bibhumohapatra #spring15 poppy,” he wrote.

The first lady has been seen in public wearing Mohapatra before, most recently in 2012 during her appearance on "The Tonight Show."

The fact that Mrs. Obama will be a third wheel is described in India as a “bit of drama” because Modi is married but estranged from his wife. They wed when she was very young and as one local described it, they “parted ways” but “as part of Indian tradition, she still considers him as her husband. It’s a bit of a drama here."

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