Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, descended Air Force one clad in a printed floral dress and coat by India-born designer, Bibhu Mohapatra, as she accompanied U.S. President Barack Obama to New Delhi on Sunday.
Ms. Obama is known for her occasional preference for Indian origin designers. In her earlier visit to India in 2010 she donned designs created by Indian origin American designers Naeem Khan and Rachel Roy.
Also this is not the first time the First Lady chose one of Mr. Mohapatra’s works. While appearing in a show ‘Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ in 2012, Ms. Obama had worn one of Mr. Mohapatra’s collections. Mr. Mohapatra hails from Rourkela in Odisha and is based in New York.
While Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeared in his trademark Nehru jacket, kurta-pyjama and a bright orange stole when he arrived at the airport to receive President Obama, an hour later at the Rashtrapati Bhawan he appeared in a black ‘bandhgala’ suit.