The meeting between Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (second from right, main) and President Barack Obama (pictured right, main) may have been the headline of the day… but at this evening’s star-studded state dinner, it’s the First Ladies who are the center of attention. The first state dinner of Obama’s final year honors Canada and its dashing new liberal leader – and is the first hosted by the White House for America’s northern neighbor in nearly 20 years. And spring appears to be the theme of the night, with both Michelle Obama (second from left, main) and Trudeau’s wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau (left, main), opting for floral-themed dresses. Michelle looked sensational in a deep blue jacquard gown by Jason Wu, who also designed the first lady’s inaugural gowns. Meanwhile, Sophie chose a bright purple dress by Canadian designer Lucian Matis adorned with coral flower-shaped appliques. Similarly stunning were Sasha (top right) and Malia Obama (bottom right) who attended the dinner in the White House East Room, along with a string of Canadian celebrities including Ryan Reynolds, Michael J. Fox and Mike Myers.
Welcome! President Barack Obama, right, waves as he poses for a photograph with, from left, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Michelle Obama, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House during a star-studded State Dinner
Say cheese! President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau at the North Portico of the White House
Michelle Obama looked sensational in a deep blue jacquard gown by Jason Wu, who also designed the first lady’s inaugural gowns.
It featured a playful flower pattern and asymmetrical draping. Michelle wore her hair in full, loose waves, with long bangs swept to one side.
Sophie chose a bright purple dress by Canadian designer Lucian Matis adorned with coral flower-shaped appliques.
Spring has sprung! Both Michelle and Sophie opted for spring-themed gowns with floral patterns by Canadian designers
It’s about time, eh? The first state dinner of Obama’s final year honors Canada and its dashing new liberal leader – the first for America’s northern neighbor by the White in nearly 20 years
Stunning: Michelle Obama wore a deep blue strapless gown by Jason Wu and Sophie chose a bright purple dress by Canadian designer Lucian Matis
Cute: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds hands with his wife Sophie as they arrive at the White House state dinner
Gorgeous: Malia Obama, 17, looked stunning in a strapless beige gown and wore her hair in loose curls over one shoulder
With this evening’s dress by Wu, who grew up in Canada, the First Lady continues her tradition of wearing dresses to White House dinners by designers representing the nation being honored.
At the China State Dinner last fall, she chose a custom-made gown by Chinese-American designer Vera Wang and last spring, she wore a floaty frock by Japanese-born Tadashi Shoji for the Japan State Dinner.
While both looked dashing, the designers of President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau’s tuxedos were not revealed.
The dinner in honor of 44-year-old Trudeau, the son of former Canadian PM Pierre Trudeau is the first by the White House in nearly 20 years.
The last official visit to the U.S. by Canada’s leader was in April 1997.
‘It’s about time, eh?’ Obama joked, playing up the American stereotype of a Canadian colloquialism as he welcomed Trudeau to the White House.
The president’s toast during the state dinner was similarly jovial, when he declared Trudeau ‘the most popular Canadian named Justin,’ a reference to another Canadian sensation, singer Justin Bieber.
He also joked: ‘If things get out of hand, remember the prime minister used to work as a bouncer.’
Obama raised his glass to, among other things, the ‘great alliance’ between U.S. and Canada.