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Michelle Obama to donate her Jason Wu inaugural gown to the Smithsonian


Michelle Obama's inaugural ball gown by designer Jason Wu will go to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

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.

By The Reliable Source  |  March 5, 2010; 1:46 PM ET
 
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Without being able to see the details up close (in other words, as shown on TV and on itsy bitsy website pics), this dress looks like the toilet paper design challenge on Project Runway.

There's a picture here you can actually zoom in on:
http://blog.newsok.com/fashionmatters/2009/01/21/michelle-obama-chooses-white-frothy-inaugural-gown/

Posted by: merkytimes | March 5, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Hope she gave them the ring also, so she does'nt make the mistake of removing her wedding ring to go out on the town.Someone may think she's single and try to pick her up.Wasn't she Lovely,my girl.

Posted by: rentamob1 | March 5, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, but I never saw a picture of this dress before and my first thought was that it looks like it was made out of a shower curtain. But the toilet paper design comment is good too.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | March 8, 2010 6:13 AM | Report abuse

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