Skip to Content

First Lady Michelle Obama shocked fashion experts across the land when she chose to wear a ravishing red gown by designer Jason Wu for a round of Inaugural Balls honoring the second term of her husband, President Barack Obama.

Mrs. Obama gave Wu’s career a huge boost in 2009 when she wore his gorgeous white, one-shoulder creation to her husband’s first inauguration. That dress is now on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington.

When the Obama’s appeared on television last night at their first of two official balls, Wu discovered along with the rest of the nation that his most famous customer was rocking the softly pleated ruby red chiffon and velvet gown that he sent to the White House for her consideration. He tweeted, “#inshock!!!”

The consensus among fashion experts was that Obama’s second gown would be the creation of a famous designer. Clearly Michelle Obama is her own woman, choosing to go with the 30-year-old Taiwanese designer based in Manhattan.

Wu told a reporter, “I can’t believe it. It’s crazy. To have done it once was already the experience of my life. To have a second time is tremendous.”

The day began early with a prayer service, the swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol, an inaugural luncheon and a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. First Daughter Malia, 14, wore a magenta J. Crew coat and violet tights. Her sister, Sasha, 11, wore a purple Kate Spade coat with a sleeveless purple striped dress by the same designer underneath.

Pulling off amazing performances in front of a crowd estimated at 800,000 during the inaugural ceremony were Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor. Clarkson tweeted, “What an honor to be a part of history! Obama’s presence was powerful and his words unforgettable. It’s a proud day for America!”

Photos: WENN