Michelle Obama acknowledged having mixed feelings Tuesday as she consigned her 2009 Inaugural Ball gown to posterity and a glass case at the Smithsonian.
“So, here we are. It’s the dress,” she laughed at a ceremony in the National Museum of American History to mark the addition of her one-shouldered, floor-length, white silk chiffon gown to a permanent exhibit on first ladies.
She was joined by the gown’s 26-year-old Taiwan-born designer, Jason Wu.
“To be honest, I am very honored and very humbled, but I have to say that I’m also a little embarrassed by all the fuss,” she added. “Like many of you, I’m not used to people wanting to put things I’ve worn on display.”
Humble comments from the first black woman to become America’s first lady.
The collection includes inaugural gowns from the nation’s long march of January galas, including Jackie Kennedy’s and Mary Todd Lincoln’s.