First lady Michelle Obama looked stunning in a custom ruby-colored velvet and chiffon gown by designer Jason Wu that vaunts a keyhole neckline, paired with a handmade diamond embellished ring and bangles by jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald for Forevermark Diamond, and shoes designed by Jimmy Choo.
Wu was among 14 or more designers patiently awaiting the first lady’s arrival to the Inaugural Ball, during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. He watched the festivities from his studio with his staff. Wu tells the media the night of the election, “It is a big surprise. The White House kept me pretty clueless until five minutes ago.”
In 2009, she wore a white one-shouldered gown by Wu, a then lesser known designer.
Per tradition, the first lady’s first inaugural gown is traditionally donated to the National Archives at the Smithsonian Museum, her second gown will also find a temporary home there. It’s permanent address will likely be at the future Obama presidential library in Chicago.