Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown by designer Jason Wu should be ready for its second public unveiling this summer – when the Smithsonian hopes to place it on display.
“It’s not going to be there tomorrow,” Lisa Kathleen Graddy, curator of the First Ladies Collection at the National Museum of American History, explains to The Washington Post about the process of obtaining first ladies’ dresses – and then stitching up any wear and tear that might have taken place.
The Smithsonian also has its eye on the yellow Isabel Toledo outfit Obama wore during the daytime festivities on Jan. 20.
The only other swearing-in ensemble in the institute’s 21-gown collection belonged to Eleanor Roosevelt, a lavender velvet number she wore to husband Franklin’s first (of four) swearing-in ceremonies, in 1933, reports The Post.
Aretha’s Must-Have Hat
Meanwhile, Obama’s look won’t be the only fashion statement to live on past last week. Selling like hotcakes are replicas of Aretha Franklin’s distinctive hat with its Swarovski rhinestone-rimmed bow that the Queen of Soul wore to sing “America the Beautiful” at the swearing-in.
The hat’s designer, Luke Song, of Detroit’s Mr. Song Millinery, tells the Los Angeles Times he’s sold thousands since its debut on national TV.