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Dressing Michelle Obama: Indonesian-born knitter Evita Chu climbs the fashion ranks

Sylviana Hamdani

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Tue, February 9, 2021  /  02:56 pm
Dressing Michelle Obama: Indonesian-born knitter Evita Chu climbs the fashion ranks

An outfit by Baja East produced by Evita Chu (JP/Courtesy of Baja East)

The United States presidential inauguration on Jan. 20 was a highly watched ceremony that was broadcast all over the world. Fashion-wise, the event was also a parade of some of the world’s top designers. Among the looks that stole the show was Michelle Obama’s plum suit by Sergio Hudson. The three-piece pantsuit consisted of a long, tailored overcoat, high-waist pants and turtle-neck sweater that kept the 44th US first lady warm in the harsh January cold. The sweater was produced by PDR Knitting, a private label knitting company owned by Indonesian-born knitter Evita Chu.   “The color [of the sweater] is actually called oxblood,” Evita told The Jakarta Post. “The material is Italian yak wool and cashmere. It’s very soft and warm.” Fashion designer Sergio Hudson had emailed Evita about the project several weeks before the inauguratio...