Although Smith skilled labored with Obama on many occasions previous to the portrait, the designer was nonetheless pleasantly amazed when stylist Meredith Koop approached her to create a tailor made robe based mostly on a bit from Milly’s spring 2017 assortment. Typically, a variety of designers are commissioned to supply elements for conditions like this, however solely a single will get chosen, which is why Smith prepared for a definite costume to be picked, significantly provided the printed design. “Once they defined to me the costume that they’ve been fascinated in from my runway show, I used to be shocked as a result of it was so kind of manner-forward and revealing,” states Smith, referring to the often-conservative, reliable-colored ensembles that get picked for Countrywide Gallery’s portraits.