Now even the editor of Vogue is recycling gowns: Anna Wintour gives her Chanel frock a second outing at the White House…THREE years later



17:29 GMT, 15 March 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama was recently lauded for recycling a favourite Tracy Reese dress at a dinner in Washington DC and creating her own cycle of style.

But who would have thought the paragon of fashion etiquette, Anna Wintour, would follow her example

Last night at the star-studded United Kingdom State Dinner, Ms Wintour treated a stunning Chanel frock to a second outing after debuting the black and white sheath at the Met Costume Institute Gala in 2009.

Twice a charm: Anna Wintour arrives at the White House in Washington for the State Dinner wearing a Chanel frock which she sported in 2009

First outing: Ms Wintour wore the chic black and white gown to the Met Costume Institute Gala three years ago

Two times a charm: Anna Wintour arrives at the White House in Washington D.C. for the State Dinner (left) wearing a Chanel frock which she sported in 2009 at the Met Costume Institute Gala in New York (right)

The Vogue editor-in-chief's chic scallop-patterned evening gown was hardly suited to the evening's 'America's Backyard' theme, but was perfectly in place next to the rest of the Obamas' glamourous dinner guests on the South Lawn.

Clearly the sartorial superstar and her hostess both know that black and white never goes out of style – Michelle Obama pulled out a monochromatic zig-zag dress last week having already worn it summer before in London.

Huffington Post reported that Ms Wintour 'swept past' the media and stopped briefly to mention that the dress was Chanel.

But the fashion icon, famous for her icy demeanour, has shown her warmth other ways and as a keen supporter of Obama's reelection campaign, has raised at least half a million dollars towards the cause.

Michelle Obama in Tracy Reese last week

Michelle Obama in Tracy Reese last May

Recycled: Michelle Obama wore the same Tracy Reese dress to a dinner last week (left) that she had donned last May on a trip to London

Ms Wintour joined a slew of famous British faces who joined the President and his wife to honour Prime Minister Cameron and his leading lady, Samantha.

Guests included Idris Elba, star of The Wire and a sprinkling of cast members from the hugely popular Downton Abbey that included Lord of the manor, Hugh Bonneville, and Elizabeth McGovern, his Lady Grantham.

The British editor of Newsweek and The Daily Beast, Andrew Sullivan also made an appearance with his husband.

Michelle Obama wore Marchesa while her British counterpart, Samantha Cameron, wore a floral design by Alexandra Rich for an evening that aimed to bring a gathering of friends together in a fun and amicable 'backyard' setting.

Mrs Cameron has also been known to recycle her threads. On her first day in the capital, she wore a bright fusia Roksanda Illinic top that she has been snapped wearing on a number of occasions, most recently at a fasionable Downing Street reception.