First Lady Michelle Obama Donates Inaugural Gown to Smithsonian

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First Lady Michelle Obama stands with inaugural dress designer Jason Wu in front of the inaugural gown she wore to the inaugural balls and is now on display at the Smithsonian Museum of American History on March 9, 2010 in Washington, DC. Mrs. Obama continues a long tradition of first ladys who have donated their inaugural gown to be on display at the Smithsonian. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America)

The one-shoulder, white chiffon gown First Lady Michelle Obama wore to the inaugural balls is on display.

On Tuesday, Mrs. Obama publicly donated the gown to the first ladies collection at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.

The beaded gown was a star attraction at 10 inaugural balls held in January 2009 to celebrate President Barack Obama’s swearing-in. It was designed by Jason Wu of New York. Mrs. Obama also invited 32 high school fashion design students to today’s event. The students were able to tour the gallery and take part in the special luncheon.

The Smithsonian Institution says all first ladies since 1912 have contributed to the collection, though not all have parted with their ball gowns.

Mrs. Obama’s gown will join those currently on display from Helen Taft, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosalynn Carter and Laura Bush.

Read the First Lady’s remarks here.

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2 responses to “First Lady Michelle Obama Donates Inaugural Gown to Smithsonian

  1. spirit_55z

    Ah! What a wonderful way to start my day. It’s very fitting that FLOTUS would donate her inagural ball gown to the Smithsonian.

    Michelle Obama is a very chic and 21st century First Lady.

    Everything about the Obamas is HISTORY-making.

  2. SouthernGirl2

    Flotus is so inspiring. I love her!

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