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Michelle Obama To Donate Jason Wu Inaugural Gown To Smithsonian
Mrs. Obama is donating the gown to the First Ladies Collection at the Smithsonian's National
Museum of American History on Tuesday.
Dotted with beads and covered in fabric petals, long formal dressesthe gown was a star attraction
at 10 inaugural balls held in January 2009 to celebrate President Barack Obama's swearingin.
Designer Jason Wu, 27, of New York, planned to join Mrs. Obama for the event.
The Smithsonian is scheduled Wednesday to open a new gallery for the first ladies exhibit, one of
its most popular attractions. The new addition will serve as a showcase for first ladies from Mamie
Eisenhower, who served from 1953 to 1961, to Mrs. Obama.
All first ladies since 1912 have contributed to the collection. The Smithsonian asks each one to
donate something that represents her. orange formal dresses While donating the inaugural ball
gown has become tradition, it is not required. The collection also has White House china and other
With Mrs. Obama's gift, the new gallery will have 10 inaugural gowns on display. There were no
inaugural celebrations for Gerald Ford, who became president after Richard Nixon resigned
during the Watergate scandal, so Betty Ford donated a dress she wore to a state dinner.