Michelle Obama Wears Lady Gaga’s Favorite Designer for White House State Dinner

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Michelle Obama (with Barack Obama) stunned in a cream dress by Lady Gaga’s stylist and designer Brandon Maxwell at the White House state dinner in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 2, 2016. Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty

What do Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga have in common? The same taste in designers! The first lady of the United States hosted her 12th state dinner at the White House on Tuesday, August 2, wearing a stunning cream dress by Brandon Maxwell, the man behind so many of Gaga’s most memorable styles.

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Standing on the front steps of the White House to welcome Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife, Ho Ching, Obama, 52, positively wowed in a custom Maxwell column dress. The bodice boasted a structured neckline with a cuffed accent, while the back featured a fluid train that flowed behind her as she walked. She accessorized with a pair of silver roped earrings and peep-toe sandals.

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The president and first lady greeting Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the White House. Leigh Vogel-Pool/Getty

Look familiar? That’s because Maxwell designed a similar style — down to the color! — for Gaga’s 2016 Oscar look. The “Bad Romance” singer, 30, modeled a cream confection on the red carpet, though hers was a crisp jumpsuit embellished with a statement train.

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Lady Gaga in Brandon Maxwell at the 2016 Academy Awards. Dan MacMedan/WireImage

While the two ladies have decidedly different taste in clothing, it’s no surprise that Maxwell dressed them both with ease. “What has been such a blessing about this journey is that I have met so many different types of women and have come to love them [all] through the collaboration process,” he told Us last November. “I am just excited to have the opportunity to meet such extraordinary women.”

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President Obama appreciating his wife’s stunning dress. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty; Cheriss May/NurPhoto/Getty

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While we certainly swooned over Obama’s choice, there was one person in particular who couldn’t take his eyes of the first lady: her husband. While proudly standing next to his wife, President Barack Obama, 54, who looked dapper in a tailored tux, could not resist pointing out how great she looked, even giving the paps a thumbs-up.

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President Obama and Michelle Obama welcome Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife, Ho Ching, to the White House. Leigh Vogel-Pool/Getty

The state dinner, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of bilateral relations between the United States and Singapore, was also attended by Michelle’s brother, Craig Robinson, and his wife, Kelly, plus actors Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys and United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power.

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