Washington, DC, United States (CNS) – They don’t want O.J. Simpson’s acquittal suit, but they definitely want this dress. First Lady Michelle Obama has donated her inaugural dress to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History on Tuesday.
The white chiffon one-shoulder gown is now on display in a new gallery called “A First Lady’s Debut” at the museum’s “First Ladies at the Smithsonian” exhibition.
Mrs. Barack Obama wore the floor-length dress during her husband’s inauguration as the 44th President of the United States in January 2009.
The gown was designed by Jason Wu, a Taiwan-born American designer who showcased his first full collection in 2006 and won the Fashion Group International’s Rising Star honor in 2008.
It is now on display at the museum’s new gallery that also includes 11 gowns worn by previous first ladies. The two galleries that make up the First Ladies at the Smithsonian exhibition feature 24 dresses and other possessions by the country’s first ladies.
Michelle said, “I’ll never forget the moment that I slipped on this beautiful gown. I remember how just luscious I felt as the President and I were announced onto the stage for the first of many dances, and I’ll cherish that moment for the rest of my life.”
Also displayed at the gallery are the dresses worn by Grace Coolidge, Jackie Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Helen Taft.