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The Smithsonian may have no interest in O.J. Simpson's suit but it will happily take Michelle Obama's inaugural ball gown. The elegant, one-shouldered, white chiffon gown designed by Jason Wu will be donated to the First Ladies Collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History on Tuesday. The gown, which is decorated with delicate beads and fabric flowers, was praised for setting a fashionable tone for the start of the First Lady's reign. Jason Wu is expected to join Mrs. Obama at the official presentation.
The exhibit of First Ladies clothing remains popular and the Smithsonian is opening a new gallery to house the exhibit. The new "A First Lady's Debut" gallery will include 11 gowns worn by first ladies from Mamie Eisenhower to Michelle Obama. The entire exhibit will show 24 first ladies' dresses, including 12 inaugural gowns.