And the winner is…

Former Teen Vogue employee and budding designer Katie Ermilio is the winner of the Washington Post’s design-an-inaugural-gown competition. The Philadelphia native designed statuesque green flowing gown with a crisscross bodice and a gray cape for the soon to be first lady, Michelle Obama, to wear for her official introduction to the world. Pulitzer prize winning journalist Robin Givhan chose Ermilio’s drawing as the best representation of the Michelle’s fashion forward and sophisticated style.

The winner of the design-an-inaugural-gown competition was a sleeveless, forest green dress with a criss-crossing bodice and flowing skirt. It was accompanied by a dove gray, floor-length cape. The silhouette flatters a curvy figure, and the style is both youthful and grand. (The pointy-hips are just an artist’s flourish, by the way, and not some strange architectural peplum.) But mostly, it was the color that made me applaud. The deep green resonated in the sea of red, blue and white dresses. It’s a rich, sophisticated tone that photographs well, stands out from a distance and speaks to what is publicly known about the future first lady’s taste. [WaPo]