The Inauguration and all of its surrounding activities is Washington’s Oscars. Who’s wear who and who wears it best will take up much of the coverage today and tonight with First Lady Michelle Obama in the spotlight of it all. FLOTUS unforgettably donned a silk chiffon creation by Jason Wu for the circuit of inaugural balls she and the newly minted president attended in 2009, and rumors are swirling about what she will wear tonight. Though she reportedly has whittled it down from 20 to two choices, even the designers don’t know what will be the final choice until she reveals “the one” this evening (not to fear, Tim Gunn is on the case).
Of course, Newport is best known for its ties to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Here she is in a gown at the Metropolitan Opera in 1965 (with Met General Manager Rudolf Bing) that she also wore in Newport.She wore this silk gown, designed by Oleg Cassini, to a dinner hosted by at The Breakers for the America’s Cup in 1962. (both images, credit: Bettmann/CORBIS)
The an exhibit at Smithsonian, The First Ladies, features more than two dozen gowns from the the museum’s almost 100-year old First Ladies Collection, including pieces worn by Frances Cleveland, Lou Hoover, Jacqueline Kennedy, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama. To explore pieces in the collection, click here.