"Michelle Obama adds a little flash to the campaign trail"
By Amy Carlson Gustafson, Pioneer Press, June 7, 2008
Marilyn DeLong (Associate Dean; Clothing Design) is quoted in this article about Michelle Obama's personal style. Disagreeing with Washington Post fashion editor Robin Givhan who described Obama's style as "Camelot with a tan," in reference to Jackie Kennedy, DeLong tells the Pioneer Press that while "there is some resemblance, there are major differences of precedence and context. Jackie Kennedy was an icon of a 'Camelot' administration. She represented an elegance and style -- simple, direct, smooth -- and we took notice because her appearance was consistently impeccable, but also a bit unapproachable. Michelle is much more approachable in her appearance." DeLong adds that both Obama and Republican presidential candidate John McCain's wife, Cindy McCain, have "impeccable style."