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Designers to honor Obama -- and those who dress her

Michelle Obama keeps feeling the love from thefashion world.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America announced Monday that Obama will be honored with a special tribute from the group's board of directors at its annual awards gala in June.

>> See a gallery of Michelle Obama's style.

"We wanted to acknowledge her in a serious way for her commitment to American fashion," said CFDA president Steven Kolb.A grant also will be established in her name to assist a youngfashion company.

Meanwhile, three designers that Mrs. Obama has been known to wear _ Narciso Rodriguez, Jason Wu and Thakoon Panichgul -- alsoreceived CFDA nominations.

Rodriguez joins Marc Jacobs and sisters Laura and Kate Mulleavyof Rodarte as the nominees for womenswear designer of the year, andWu, Panichgul and Alexander Wang are in the running for theSwarovski Award for emerging talent in women's fashion.

Jacobs, already one of the industry's favorite sons, continuedto rack up his own accolades as a nominee once again in accessorydesign and as the winner of the international designer award forhis work at Louis Vuitton. (Jacobs splits his time between theVuitton label, headquartered in Paris, and his own signaturecollection, which is shown in New York.)

"He's a pioneer as an American in Europe," Kolb said.

Anna Sui is to receive the lifetime achievement award named forthe late Geoffrey Beene.

The ceremony is moving this year from the New York PublicLibrary to Lincoln Center, which will also become the Fashion Weekhub next year. bama will receive an invitation, but Kolb was unsure if she'd attend.

"We'll do whatever we can to get her here, but the award isn'tabout getting her to come," he said.

>> See a gallery of Michelle Obama's style.


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