First ladies spotlight gowns by Canadian designers

The first ladies wore designs by Jason Wu and Lucian Matis.
By Annie Martin Follow @littlemannie   |   Updated March 11, 2016 at 12:27 PM
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WASHINGTON, March 11 (UPI) -- Michelle Obama and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau wore gowns by Canadian designers to the Canada state dinner Thursday at the White House.

Obama stunned in a navy, strapless dress by Jason Wu, who designed both of her inaugural gowns. The first lady often chooses outfits from designers representing the nation being honored at the White House dinners.

Trudeau also turned heads in a purple gown with orange and pink floral embellishment. Romanian-Canadian designer Lucian Matis designed the dress, which featured cap sleeves and a short train.

"Sophie and I could not have asked for a better evening. Thank you to the President & First Lady for your warmth, friendship & hospitality," Prime Minister Trudeau tweeted.

Obama's daughters, 17-year-old Malia and 14-year-old Sasha, made a big impression themselves. Malia Obama chose an elegant gown with crystal embellishment, while Sasha Obama wore a lacy dress with sheer detail.

"When I was first elected to this office, Malia was just 10 and Sasha was 7," president Barack Obama told the audience. "And they grow up too fast. Now Malia is going off to college ... And I'm starting to choke up."

Canadian actors Ryan Reynolds, Michael J. Fox, Mike Meyers and Sandra Oh were among the other guests who attended the event, which the Washington Post described as a "cozy cross-cultural affair."

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