Christmas in Washington broadcast — taped on December 12 — Mrs. Obama is sporting a vintage 1950s black lace dress by one of America’s once-great, now-obscure American designers, Norman Norell.

This is a historic event, as this may be the first time a First Lady has worn a vintage dress!

While little known these days outside fashion circles, designer Norman Norell (1900 – 1972) was one of America’s most influential mid-century designers. His simple but stylish clothing was known for its timelessness, glamor, and beautiful construction. Considered the first American fashion designer to compete successfully with the then-omnipotent French couturiers, Norell’s obituary appeared on the front page of The New York Times with the headline: “Made 7th Ave. the Rival of Paris.”

MRS. PRESIDENT MICHELLE OBAMA dress was from New York Vintage, a boutique in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, boasts an archive of clothing dating back to the early 1800s, and includes designs by “Father of Couture” Charles Frederick Worth, Paul Poiret, Elsa Schiaparelli, and, of course, Chanel. They also stock pieces by American designers James Galanos, Halston, and Mainbocher, among many others.


Aisha Keys

Craze Chameleon Studio, LLC




About crazechameleonstudio

Craze Chameleon Studio established in 1999 by founder Aisha Keys, a native Washingtonian, is one of the must vintage clothing collections in D.C. At the age of 23, her distinct fashion style turned the heads of many people on the streets of D.C., thus propelling her into a career as a personal shopper and fashion stylist to aspiring models, vocalists, musicians, and local fashionistas. Because of her ability to change her look from day to day, she was nicknamed the Chameleon; thus creating Craze Chameleon Studio. A studio of vintage clothes from the 20’s – 60’s. At the Studio, Aisha creates masterpieces utilizing her creative eye and vintage pieces. “…through my original style and vintage apparel, I show people how to put it all together and create their own unique fashion statement.” Aisha Keys. Craze Chameleon Studio has carved out its own niche among vintage retailers by providing up to the minute fashion that looks as if it is off the runway today, but is an original garment from fashion past. Since opening in 1999, CCS has been one of D.C.’s vintage clothing resource and one of the most celebrated vintage destinations in the D.C. area; supplying clothes to many retailers in the metropolitan area like Kaur, Nana, Meeps, Crossroads, Buffalo Exchange, Reddz Trading and Mustard Seed. CCS has an incredible array of vintage clothing from cocktail dresses, furs, suits, designer garments, accessories for men and women, and household collectibles and furnishings. There is an exclusive collection of used and dead stock items at the studio. To make an appointment call 2022008892 or email

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