In keeping with White House tradition, Michelle Obama donated her gorgeous Jason Wu inauguration gown to the Smithsonian National Museum of History today. Wu attended the ceremony and proudly watched as his beaded ivory, one-shoulder creation was inducted into a new gallery called “A First Lady’s Debut,” which showcases 11 dresses worn by first ladies. “When I look at my gown—which I, in fact, have not seen since the day that I took it off—memories of that moment truly come rushing back,” Mrs. Obama said in her speech. “I remember how just luscious I felt as the President and I were announced onto the stage for the first of many dances.” The First Lady then turned to thank the designer. “This gown is a masterpiece. It is simple, it’s elegant, and it comes from this brilliant young mind,” continued Mrs. Obama. “Today is about much more than this gown. It’s also about how, with enough focus and with enough determination, someone in this room could be the next Jason Wu.”
Check out some behind-the-scenes footage about the making of the Smithsonian’s First Ladies exhibit.