State dinner fashion: How Michelle Obama rocked it

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President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama await the arrival of the Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi and Mrs. Agnese Landini at the North Portico of the White House on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

In the midst of this nasty election season, first lady Michelle Obama remains poised and perfect. She blazes with a certain sartorial sunshine we've simply never seen before from the wife of a United States president.

If we need any proof, just look at the phenomenal rose gold gown Obama donned Tuesday night - a beyond-fabulous, asymmetrical, cap-sleeved Versace gown - for her 13th and final state dinner in honor of visiting Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife, Agnese Landini.

This high-fashion confection had a message.

Donatella Versace custom designed the gown for Obama, and the rose gold just glows. It serves as an outward representation of the fiery passion that burns from Obama's soul. Remember the speech she gave last week about how a certain Republican presidential candidate has continued to disrespect women?

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose for the official picture with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Italian First Lady Agnese Landini. Shawn Thew/Getty Images)

The gown was chainmail. This kind of material can only be described as the armor of a modern-day goddess. While they're reminiscent of medieval times, the type chainmail fabrics Obama wore date back to the 1920s. According to Clare Sauro, the keeper of Drexel University's Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, these fabrics incorporate metallic strips into the weave, creating either a soft, mesh-like feel or a harder, stiffer fabrics. The House of Versace has historically used this chainmail fabric in many of its signature looks. 

Obama, as she prepares to make a glamorous exit from the White House, is evolving with fashion. When she came into the White House, she was the representation of women who were eschewing glamour and luxe-look items. In 2008, fashion was more dressed-down, and Obama represented that with her J. Crew cardigans and floral A-line skirt combination. At her first state dinner in 2009, she wore a more demure Naeem Khan. It was the eveningwear version of her beloved daytime looks. Before, you could get a reasonable facsimile of what she was wearing at Nordstrom in King of Prussia. But now, with the rest of fashion, she's picked up more Hollywood glamour, representing this fire within. 

Tuesday night, Obama was cloaked in strength and femininity. When they go low, Mrs. Obama certainly stays high. That's a the true definition of glamour.

This is shaping up to be a week of amazing fashion moments for Obama. We got a glimpse of FLOTUS on this weekend's cover of the New York Times Magazine. It's a sepia photo, and that tone amped up the glitzy, vintage vibe. Her long hair is bone-straight, just like it was Tuesday night. Triangle earrings give the whole photo a 1930s Art Deco feel.  She looks like she's wearing spaghetti straps, and there is just a hint of cleavage. She looks sexy. That's unprecedented for a first lady.

And it's great.