Congrats to Jason Wu for being chosen again as the designer to dress the First Lady of the United States at the Inaugural Ball! It’s a second-time honor for the 30-year-old designer whose immediate reaction to finding out FLOTUS had chosen his gown was to tweet, “#Inshock!!!”
Nothing shocks us about Wu being tapped, especially after our first look at the First Lady in this ruby-red velvet and chiffon show-stopper—a dress just as elegant and glamorous as his 2009 gown, which is now housed in the National Museum of American History.
Wu’s sketch of the 2013 Inaugural Ball gown (via Twitter) | Wu’s 2009 Inaugural Ball gown (via the First Ladies Exhibit)
The First Lady and Wu admiring his work after it was gifted to the First Ladies at the Smithsonian exhibit—a tradition dating back to 1912.
2013 Inaugural Ball images courtesy of the Barack Obama blog and Twitter feed. 2009 Inaugural Ball Gown images courtesy of the National Museum of American History.