First Lady Michelle Obama wore a red petal-print silk organza Alexander McQueen gown for Wednesday's state dinner in Washington, DC. The dinner was held to honor China in the presence of its president, Hu Jintao.

The dress was created by Sarah Burton, who succeeded McQueen at his fashion house following the designer's death almost one year ago. Mrs. Obama's choice of red was widely seen as a recognition of the color's connection to the symbolism of happiness and prosperity in Chinese culture.

(Or maybe she was just making a joke about Communism, who knows?)

The First Lady accented her look with a her hair worn up and back, pendant earrings and a light shawl draped over her elbows.

VIP guests at the dinner included former President Bill and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Jimmy and his wife Rosalynn Carter, and Chinese-American actor B.D. Wong.

Click here to see what other famous attendees wore to the event.

And find out why Oscar de la Renta disapproves of Michelle's ensemble choice.