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Obama gown designer to remain a mystery

- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 15, 2009

In a break with precedent, the designer of Michelle Obama's Inaugural gown will not be disclosed before Inauguration Day, according to a fashion industry insider who requested anonymity.

That will leave fashionistas breathless and will break with years of history. The designer of the First Lady's gown has traditionally been released in advance — with a great deal of hype and excitement.

But not this year.

An aide to Mrs. Obama who asked not to be identified confirmed that "an announcement may not be made until Tuesday." Next Tuesday, Jan. 20, is Inauguration Day.