Smithsonian celebrates 100 years of First Ladies

McClatchy Washington BureauJanuary 13, 2014 


President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance during the Inaugural Ball on Monday, January 21, 2013 in Washington, D.C.


Michelle Obama’s second inaugural gown will go on display to the public starting tomorrow as part of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History exhibit marking 100 years of celebrating first ladies at the Smithsonian.

As a special one-year loan from the White House, the museum will display Obama’s second inaugural gown, designed by Jason Wu and worn to the January 2013 inaugural balls. The ruby-colored chiffon gown, on loan from the White House, will temporarily replace Michelle Obama’s first inaugural gown.

The museum notes that the First Ladies exhibition continues to be among the most popular with the museum’s 5 million annual visitors.

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