NEW YORK — Michelle Obama, one of the most fashion-conscious first ladies in decades, joined a host of fashion luminaries Monday as she cut the ribbon at the Metropolitan Museum’s new costume center.

With a veritable who’s who list of top designers on hand – Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, Donatella Versace, Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Diane von Furstenberg and others – the first lady helped launch the museum’s new $40 million Anna Wintour Costume Center, named for the editor of Vogue magazine. After her remarks, the designers and other guests toured the center’s inaugural exhibit, which features the work of Charles James, an influential mid-20th century American couturier.

The first lady, who wore a forest-green silk organza dress with three-quarter sleeves by Naeem Khan, one of her favorite designers, said she and Wintour, who has long been a key fundraiser for President Obama, are working to bring students to the White House for a fashion workshop.

– From news service reports