A First Lady's Debut

>> Tuesday, March 9

Michelle Obama and designer Jason Wu attended a ceremony at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington on Tuesday, where they continued the long tradition of first ladies handing over their inaugural gowns. Sadly for her, happily for the world, Mrs. Obama parted with her uber-famous white inauguration gown by Wu. The dress will become part of a new gallery called "A First Lady's Debut," which will showcase 11 dresses worn by first ladies. For the event, the first lady wore a dress by another up-and-comer, Prabal Gurung.

The first lady said she's "a little embarrassed by all the fuss made over my dress. Like many of you, I'm not used to people wanting to put things I've worn on display. "
She also reminisced about the day she wore it:
"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. I remember that it was freezing cold in Washington. I know we all remember that. Yet, despite the frigid temperatures, hundreds of thousands of people flooded the Mall. Nothing was going to stop them from being part of history.

That day was so hectic for us. And I remember the inaugural parade and how the President and I stood and we waved until every last band walked by.
Then we only had less than an hour -- ladies, if you can believe that -- (laughter) -- all of my friends left us in the stands, by the way. (Laughter.) "See ya, good luck!" (Laughter.) I was like, "Yeah, thanks." (Laughter.) "We have to get ready for the ball." (Laughter.) Like, "Yeah, so do I." (Laughter.) So at the time I wasn't really focused on what I was wearing that evening -- I was really just trying to stay warm.
But I'll never forget the moment that I slipped on this beautiful gown. I remember how just luscious I felt as the President and I were announced onto the stage for the first of many dances. And I'll cherish that moment for the rest of my life.
To read the First Lady's remarks in it's entirety click here.


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