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Michelle Obama’s Inauguration Gown: Jason Wu

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For tonight’s Commander-in-Chief Ball, Michelle Obama wore a custom ruby-colored chiffon and velvet gown by Jason Wu, Jimmy Choo shoes, and a ring by Kimberly McDonald. Wu tweeted that he was “!!!” Her choice is a huge coup for the designer — four years ago, the First Lady picked a white, one-shoulder dress by the then-emerging talent for her husband’s first Inaugural Ball, which made Wu a household name.

Kate Betts, author of Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style, recently told the Cut, “If you look back at many First Ladies’ second inaugural gowns they make more of a statement about the individual rather than the position and the moment.” With the repeat of Wu at this evening’s festivities — not to mention last week’s bangs debut — Mrs. Obama seems at ease with her definition of First Lady style.


President Obama and Michelle danced to Al Green's Let's Stay Together (one of Barack's favorite songs), as performed by Jennifer Hudson.

Fashion flashback!

Remember when? Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty
Michelle Obama’s Inauguration Gown: Jason Wu