March 5th, 2010
01:09 PM ET
4 years ago

First lady donates dress to Smithsonian

 The first lady will donate her dress to the Smithsonian.
The first lady will donate her dress to the Smithsonian.

Washington (CNN) - First Lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday will donate her 2009 inaugural gown to the National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian and the White House announced.

The gown, designed by New York designer Jason Wu, is the one-shoulder, white-chiffon dress that the first lady wore to all 10 inaugural balls the evening of President Obama's inauguration.

Wu plans to attend the presentation on Tuesday.

According to Melina Machado at the history museum, the frock will be the center point of a new gallery entitled "A First Lady's Debut." It will be surrounded by 10 other gowns, nine of which are also gowns worn at the first inaugurals of previous presidents.

The exhibit spans 56 years, representing former First Ladies starting with Mamie Eisenhower.


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  1. Classic

    That's very First Lady-like of her. Everything the First Family possesses will be a historic artifact.

    March 5, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. JP

    Now we know why CNN is considered the number one in breaking news.

    March 5, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. meg

    The media has managed to block American people from enjoying their young and fresh President.....
    Ooooh well!

    March 5, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. LacrosseMom

    Very gracious.

    March 5, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Big deal. Really?????

    March 5, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. Steph

    A beautiful dress!!!!

    March 5, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. Miss Independence

    The first lady has earned her place in history and her choice of donation is beautiful. Thank you!

    March 5, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Jason Wu did a great job on this gown for First Lady Michelle Obama who made it look even more elegant. All of our First Ladies have been elegant and classy.

    March 5, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Monster Zero

    Let me guess, they're doing the hustle!

    March 5, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. phoenix86

    All hype and no substance. Typical Obama.

    March 5, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Brandon

    I am very PROUD of our First Lady!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 5, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  12. Rebecca Taylor

    I think that's a wonderful idea. Michelle is such a beautiful and classy first lady. She makes all of us proud to be americans.

    March 5, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It was a magical evening that we all shared vicariously. The dress was beautiful. Those that attend the exhibit will be instantly reminded of the First Lady and the President dancing to "At Last" sung by Beyonce. There wasn't a dry eye in the house!

    I'm so proud of our President and First Lady! We support, and pray for you.

    March 5, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  14. Ready for 2012

    Why not donate it to goodwill or a shop that sells used clothes. That way someone else would find a use for it.

    March 5, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. Cookie

    How very nice! Pres. Obama's wife is a wonderful First Lady.

    March 5, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. sara

    First lady donates inaugural gown to museum. Looks like my old chenille bedspread with tissues glued on. I'd give it away too.

    March 5, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. Haylee Childers

    this one is interesting,

    March 5, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. jeff jackson, alabama

    I may be a Republican but I wish she would
    keep it and wear it more often !
    She's the best thing about the White House.

    March 5, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. Joe Black

    This is news? Who cares.

    March 5, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Nikki

    Didn't anyone else read that this exhibit is going back Mrs. Eisenhower's inaugural dress or are you all just too focused on your hatred for anything related to the Obamas to look at the substance of the article.

    March 5, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. a little sad

    sara March 5th, 2010 3:22 pm ET

    "First lady donates inaugural gown to museum. Looks like my old chenille bedspread with tissues glued on. I'd give it away too."

    Wow, you must really be bitter.

    March 5, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. Debby

    Let's hope we don't have a repeat donation for the next election. We can't afford it in more ways than one!

    March 5, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. Jane Sullivan

    @Obama Victim at 1:40pm. Jeez, give it a rest. All the Republican First Ladies (and Democratic) donate their dresses to the Smithsonian. So, I'm assuming you're appalled at the arrogance of Nancy Reagan, Pat Nixon and Barbara Bush. Dude, the only 'victim' here is the English language, spelling and grammar, and whatever poor soul has to live with you.

    March 5, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  24. Scruples

    FIRST CLASS LADY proud of the image of this dynamic couple in the whitehouse. Says volumes about how far America has come. Proud to be American. The hatred directed toward these two still shows America has much further to go to erase the stigma of hypocracy and racism. The rest of the world will never respect us until we do and they are watching closely.

    March 5, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  25. Steph

    A great couple. I'm so proud of our President and the First Lady. I wish I could say the same for all Americans. Some of you make me sad for our country. The hate you carry in your heart is very bad for you and very bad for this fine country.

    March 5, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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