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Friday, July 23, 2010

Michelle Obama Awards Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award to Rodarte

Championed by Anna Wintour, the CFDA and now the White House, the talent of the Mulleavy sisters is being recognized at the highest levels. Rodarte won for fashion design. Other awards included prizes for interior design, architecture, landscape design and product design.

Wearing a two-piece Isabel Toledo ensemble, First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the awards luncheon at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design museum. She delighted in being seated next to Project Runway's Tim Gunn, acknowledging they were mutual fans. Guests were able to view Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Charles Harrison on retro viewfinders.

The Rodarte designers were unable to attend the awards due to family obligations, but were praised as "some of our country's most talented, most visionary, most public-minded designers" by Mrs. Obama.

Looking to inspire the next generation, the designers honored at the luncheon met with students at the Teen Design Fair. The creators and teenagers exchanged ideas and provided advice for the future.

Official White House Photo by Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton, Rodarte photos by Marcio Madeira

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