Michelle Obama to donate her Jason Wu inaugural gown to the Smithsonian
First Lady Michelle Obama has made the Smithsonian an offer they can't refuse: Her one-shoulder white chiffon inaugural gown, which the White House says she will donate in person at a closed ceremony on Tuesday.
The dress -- designed by Jason Wu and worn to a flurry of inaugural balls last year -- will be displayed in a new "A First Lady's Debut" gallery at the National Museum of American History, alongside inaugural dresses worn by Helen Taft, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosalynn Carter and Laura Bush, among others. Obama will also donate the shoes and jewelry she wore with the dress.
This is the first high-profile donation from the Obama White House, although the museum says it already has some items from Obama's campaign. As we reported shortly after the inauguration, it typically takes six months for these donations to result in an exhibit; after the Smithsonian's secretary writes a formal letter of request, there are months of mannequin fittings and repairs before the gowns are ready for prime time.
Obama's duds will on display and open to the public as of Wednesday.
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March 5, 2010; 1:46 PM ET
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