Fashion icon, First Lady and mom, Michelle Obama, donated her beautiful inauguration gown to the Smithsonian National Museum of History on Tuesday. The gorgeous dress was designed by Jason Wu. The floor length, one-shoulder, beaded ivory masterpiece was inducted into a new exhibit at the museum.
According to InStyle magazine, the new gallery, called “A First Lady’s Debut,” showcases 11 different First Lady’s inaugural dresses.
Mrs. Obama gave a lovely speech at the opening. “When I look at my gown—which I, in fact, have not seen since the day that I took it off—memories of that moment truly come rushing back. I remember how just luscious I felt as the President and I were announced onto the stage for the first of many dances. This gown is a masterpiece. It is simple, it’s elegant, and it comes from this brilliant young mind. Today is about much more than this gown. It’s also about how, with enough focus and with enough determination, someone in this room could be the next Jason Wu.”
What a great compliment to the designer.
A quote on the wall of the First Ladies Gallery reads, “For one evening, the inaugural ball gown is the most important dress in the country.” The quote is from the Washington Post on January 5, 1997. We couldn’t agree more.
Wow, do we love that dress!