While there’s speculation that Michelle Obama could pick an Italian designer — — for tonight’s state dinner with the country’s prime minister, Matteo Renzi, it’s really anyone’s guess. The First Lady loves to surprise when it comes to her fashion choices.
Over the years, she’s chosen designers from rising talent Brandon Maxwell to FLOTUS stalwart Carolina Herrera for the premier event. She’s also deftly incorporated the event’s theme into her attire, wearing Korean-American designer Doo-Ri Chung to a dinner with the president of South Korea, and Chinese-American Vera Wang’s strapless design to one honoring Chinese president Xi Jinping. (Of course, her choices haven’t completely elided controversy — who can forget the criticism she faced for wearing a non-American designer, Alexander McQueen, to a state dinner in 2011?) While you place your bets on what she’ll wear tonight, reminisce on all of Michelle’s past White House state-dinner looks below.