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With a Vogue editor, renowned fashion designer and actresses all rocking up to the Obama's stylish soirèe, Washington hosted a real 'frock attack'.
15 March 2012
David Cameron, the Prime Minsiter and his wife were the guests of honour at the biggest party ever hosted by President Obama and his wife. As well as a contingent of senior British and American politicians, there was also a number of musicians, sportsmen and entertainers among the 360 guests, bringing a touch of the red carpet to the White House's South Lawn.
The fashion stakes were similarly high with Mrs Cameron continuing to support home-grown talent. The Prime Minister's wife wore a blue patterned Alessandra Rich dress, which was on loan from the British-based designer, along with shoes from Next.
Mr Cameron was in black tie while Mrs Obama wore a teal off-the-shoulder Marchesa gown designed by Georgina Chapman (above), who attended the dinner along with her husband, the movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. She completed the outfit with a Tom Binns necklace.
Miss Chapman, who had not known beforehand that Mrs Obama had selected one of her gowns, said: "I'm knocked out."
Samantha Cameron, First Lady Michelle Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama arrive at the State Dinner. PHOTO: GETTY
Mr and Mrs Obama welcomed the couple to the White House at around 7pm, with the President remarking: "They look better than us."
Roksanda Ilincic, who has dressed both Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Cameron, said: "First lady Mrs. Obama always looks so chic and modern. I love the addition of texture with the Tom Binns necklace.
"Dressing Mrs. Obama and Samantha Cameron have been wonderful. I am honoured that each woman representing their countries have been such advocates in their respective roles."
The sartorial efforts made by the two leaders and their wives was unlikely to go unnoticed at the event, which was attended by American Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who wore Chanel Haute Couture.
The British-born editor-in-chief of US Vogue, Anna Wintour, wore Chanel Haute Couture. PHOTOS: PA/ GETTY
British acting stars Helen McCrory and Downton Abbey 's Hugh Bonneville were also at the party as well as golfer Rory McIlroy.
Downton Abbey star Elizabeth McGovern with Adam Curtis and actress Helen McCrory with Damian Lewis. PHOTOS: AP
Actor George Clooney was one of the surprise guests and despite sitting near Mrs Obama at the head of the table, he reportedly spent much of the evening talking to Valerie Jarrett, one of the President's senior advisers.