Michelle Obama embraced holiday sparkle in Monique Lhuillier

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The holiday season is in full swing at the White House. On Sunday evening, President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama took part in a time-honored Washington tradition by holding a reception for the annual Kennedy Center Honors gala at their home, not only to show appreciation for the honorees' talents, but also to emphasize the importance of celebrating the arts.

Hosted by Stephen Colbert, the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors gala recognized singer Al Green, actor Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride, musician Sting and comedienne Lily Tomlin for their contributions to culture all over the world, and for the legacy they'll leave for future generations. For a such a widely publicized event so close to the holidays (it will air on CBS on Dec. 30), we had a feeling that FLOTUS would choose a statement-making gown that could help spread the seasonal cheer - and she did.

Obama wore a floor-length gown from Monique Lhuillier's spring 2015 collection, embroidered from top to bottom with sequins in intricate patterns. The pale pink dress had a sheer yoke and layers of lightweight tulle over the bodice and skirt, allowing for a shimmering effect as the light hit the embroidery. The elegant gown brought just the right amount of seasonal sparkle without going overboard - or blending in with the White House's Christmas tree. We knew we could count on the FLOTUS to show us how formal holiday dressing is done.

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