|The First Couple welcome Pres. Hollande as he arrives|
The White House - First Lady Michelle Obama chose a dramatic custom-designed ball gown for Tuesday night's State Dinner honoring President François Hollande of France. Created by Venezuelan born US designer Carolina Herrera, the dress had a sparkling black top with three-quarter-length sleeves over an elaborate skirt with a very long train, in a color called "liberty blue," according to a White House official.
Mrs. Obama has worn Herrera before, but it is the first time she has chosen a gown with sleeves for a State Dinner; typically she shows off her famously toned arms.
|Posing on the North Portico|
President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama welcomed the French President under the North Portico as he arrived at 8:00 PM.
|The Obamas walk onto the North Portico to await Hollande's arrival|
|The President helps Mrs. Obama off the stage in the pavilion|
Hollande will return home with the gift of an oak table from President Obama, custom made to commemorate his State Visit.
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*Pool photos; last photo by Pete Souza/White House