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Serena's thumbs up for Michelle Obama's dress sense

Michelle Obama's inauguration outfit received the nod from Serena Williams , with the tennis star offering fashion tips to America's new First Lady.

world Updated: Jan 22, 2009 14:58 IST

Michelle Obama's inauguration outfit received the nod from Serena Williams on Thursday, with the tennis star offering fashion tips to America's new First Lady.

Obama attended the Presidential inauguration in a sparkling green-gold dress and matching coat designed by Cuban-American designer Isabel Toledo that fashion watchers have described as stunning and elegant.

Budding fashion designer Serena agreed with the assessment but was even more enthusiastic about the creamy white off-the-shoulder gown the First Lady later wore to the inauguration ball.

"I loved them, I thought the green outfit was fabulous," she said. "I really liked the necklace that went with it.

"The kids, I thought the kids were just so cute in their little outfits, as well. Then her white dress, the one shoulder piece, I liked it a lot."

Serena had to tape Tuesday's inauguration because it occurred in the early hours of yesterday morning in Melbourne, where the world number two is chasing her fourth Australian Open crown.

The 27-year-old, who creates her own eye-catching on-court outfits, said she would have loved to design a dress for Michelle Obama's big day.

"I definitely would have tried to do something for the ball as opposed to the inauguration because I more or less do evening gowns as my specialty," she said.

"I would have done cream, like she wore, because I love her skin colour -- it looks wonderful in creams."

Earlier this week Serena said that she could not help but be inspired by Barack Obama's inauguration, even though she is a Jehovah's Witness and determinedly apolitical.

She described the inauguration of a black president as "an amazing moment for American history".