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US First Lady Donates Inaugural Gown to Smithsonian

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama has donated the white gown she wore at last year's inaugural balls to the Smithsonian Institution.

She presented the gown to the Smithsonian at a ceremony Tuesday.

The dress will go on display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History beginning Wednesday.

It will be part of a gallery called "A First Lady's Debut" featuring 11 inaugural gowns worn by first ladies, starting from Mamie Eisenhower, who became first lady in the 1950s.

Mrs. Obama wore single -shoulder-strap dress to 10 inaugural balls the day her husband, Barack Obama, was sworn in as president. It was the first white inaugural gown worn in more than 25 years.

The dress was designed by Jason Wu of New York, who attended Tuesday's ceremony. A group of aspiring designers studying at a New York high school was also slated to attend.

Mrs. Obama's donation follows a long-standing tradition of presidential wives giving some type of clothing to the Smithsonian's First Ladies Collection.