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Even though we already know that President-elect Barack Obama will be wearing a black, single-button, 100% wool, satin notch lapel tux from Hart Schaffner Marx for the Inauguration festivities, WWD has rounded up an impressive 54 sketches from designers ranging from Rag & Bone, Dsquared, and Sean John to Savile Row's Richard James, Paul Smith and Brioni to envision what he should wear on the big day.
Above is a smattering of the offerings, of which the fashion trade notes: "designers mostly see him in updated yet classic sartorial style." Steven Cox and Daniel Silver of Duckie Brown tell the pub: "This is the first president in a very long time that has a great body for clothing...Because that’s true, he can wear a more modern, slim silhouette.”
To take another look at designer sketches for Michelle Obama, check it here.
· Inauguration '09: What Should Obama Wear? [WWD, subscription req]
· Obama's Inaugural Tux [Racked]
· Politics of Fashion: Karl Lagerfeld to Marc Jacobs, Everyone Wants to Dress Michelle for Inaugural [Racked]