Michelle Obama donates inaugural gown to educational facility Smithsonian

March 10th, 2010 - 4:04 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, March 10 (ANI): Michelle Obama has donated the white gown she wore at the inauguration to the Smithsonian, saying it helped the public “connect with a moment in history in a very real way.”

During her appearance at the Museum of American History, Mrs Obama said she was humbled but also “a little embarrassed by all the fuss being made” over “the dress.”

“Like many of you, I’m not used to people wanting to put things I’ve worn on display…So, all of this is a little odd, so forgive me,” the Politico quoted her, as saying.

However, the First Lady did admit the significance of her dress and others worn by former Presidents’ wives.

She said: “Each gown places us right in the moment and makes us wonder about the intimate details of that evening, like how did she feel in the dress?

“Did her feet hurt in those shoes? How many times did her husband step on that train?”

Looking at the gown, which she hadn’t seen after the inauguration, Mrs Obama said it reminded her of the “freezing cold” day her husband assumed office.

She said: “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.”

And she revealed she got ready for the inaugural balls later that night in less than an hour.

“Ladies, if you can believe that,” she said.

Mrs Obama recalled: “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.”

She added that it is “one of the most tangible things I have left to remember that day.

“And that’s why it will always hold a special place in my heart,” she said.

Jason Wu, the gown’s designer said: “The countless hours that you can see that he spent sewing this piece made my night even more special, and now I am proud that millions of visitors will be able to see just how talented this young man is.” (ANI)

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