Meredith Koop Confirmed as Michelle Obama's New Style Adviser

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Michelle Obama has hired Meredith Koop as her new style adviser.

There's a new face making Michelle Obama's clothes calls.

After parting ways with Chicago retailer Ikram Goldman, the First Lady is seeking style counsel from Goldman's former assistant, Meredith Koop, the Washington Post reports.

Now on the White House payroll, Koop—who is said to have taken over the plum stylist role following a "rift" with Goldman—has been enlisted to solicit on-spec creations from designers, including the notorious flame-hued Alexander McQueen gown Mrs. Obama wore to the State Dinner.

"Ms. Koop's responsibilities include advising the First Lady on her wardrobe and acting on her behalf in arranging for purchases, including considering the best offered price and buying on discount if discounts are available," Kristina Schake, a spokeswoman for Mrs. Obama, confirms.

Sources tell the paper Koop is especially interested in having Mrs. Obama work with emerging designers, something the First Lady has consistently done in her high-profile role.

"Meredith has made a huge effort to be plugged in as possible to young designers so that she can be as helpful as possible," says Robert Beard, a managing partner for designer Bibhu Mohapatra.

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