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Kerry Washington dons FLOTUS dress on SNL

Kerry Washington playing Michelle Obama, along with SNL

Kerry Washington playing Michelle Obama, along with SNL cast members, is wearing a Tracy Reese dress that FLOTUS actually has in her wardrobe. (Credit: Dana Edelson/NBC)

Art imitated life on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” last week when guest host Kerry Washington, who opened the show impersonating Michelle Obama, wore a Tracy Reese dress that FLOTUS actually owns -- and wore in September.

Yep, Obama donned the flared, black $498 frock embellished with giant red poppies and a bit of beading to the “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony for the 50th anniversary celebration of Martin Luther King’s "March on Washington.”

Reese is a go-to designer for the first lady.  She is African-American and her signature silo is strong but feminine. Her garments have that distinctively ladylike yet saucy verve favorited by Obama.

The sketch addressed the show’s lack of diversity -- there are no black, female comics on "SNL," and Washington, who did double duty -- (that was the joke) -- also riffed on  Oprah Winfrey, in a shirred blue jersey dress.  

While the issue of diversity is a serious one, hats off to "SNL’s" costume department. It was spot on, save for the Obama ‘do, which was swept up in real life, though Washington wore her hair down.   

Tags: Kerry Washington , Michelle Obama , Saturday Night Live , Martin Luther King

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