Michelle Obama's Second Inauguration Dress Heads To Smithsonian

Beauty & Style | Camille Travis | 01/13/2014 | 10:45 AM EST

The Jason Wu creation will be a first in the museum

If you didn't have the good fortune of witnessing Michelle Obama's second inaugural gown in person, have no worries. The Jason Wu creation is set to be on display at the Smithsonian Institution beginning this month.

The ruby-colored chiffon gown with a cross-halter strap neckline played as a stunning and bold departure from her first inaugural choice designed by the then little-known Chinese-American fashion designer. The dress will be paired with the First Lady's Jimmy Choo heels that carried her into a new term.

"There's such interest in the dress, I thought maybe it would be interesting if we could borrow the dress and do a special display, a special limited-time display here so that people would get a chance to see it," said Smithsonian Curator Lisa Kathleen Graddy.

This will be the first time the museum has displayed a second inaugural gown, as it traditionally only collects each first lady's first gown. The second is typically shown only in presidential libraries.

"It's certainly a change, isn't it, from the white dress with the train," Graddy added. "It's this amazing, vivid red. No train. So it's a much slimmer dress — still flowing — but a much slimmer-lined dress. It's an incredible change of color from that beautiful sparkly white."

The gown will debut at the Smithsonian on Tuesday (Jan. 16).

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