Michelle Obama’s

Inaugural Gown, 2009


Gift of Jason Wu in Honor of First Lady Michelle Obama


One-shouldered white silk chiffon gown embellished with organza flowers with Swarovski crystal centers, designed by Jason Wu.






Gift of Jimmy Choo in Honor of First Lady Michelle Obama


With her inaugural gown, Mrs. Obama wore shoes by Jimmy Choo.






Gift of Loree Rodkin in Honor of First Lady Michelle Obama


Mrs. Obama’s jewelry was designed by Loree Rodkin specifically for the inaugural balls.


Triple rose-cut diamond earrings with a center cluster of diamond briolettes, set in white gold; total carat weight of 61.


“Michelle” signet ring-white gold and black rhodium with rose-cut diamonds and a rose-cut diamond center stone; total carat weight of 13.


Thirteen white-gold and diamond bangle bracelets; total carat weight of 13.



Michelle Robinson

Obama, 2009-


Michelle and Barack Obama at an inaugural ball, 2009


Before the 2009 inauguration, Michelle Obama talked about serving as the country’s “mom in chief,” supporting military families and working mothers, and encouraging public service. She has expanded her efforts to promote health and good nutrition. The first lady invites local schoolchildren to help with the White House vegetable garden and her Let’s Move! campaign is aimed at the problem of childhood obesity.


The Nation’s Hostess


As hostesses for the nation and the presidential administrations, first ladies have offered warm welcomes to White House visitors including heads of state, diplomats, members of the cabinet and Congress, honored guests, and the American public. Each reception or dinner is an opportunity for the first lady to help build America’s international relationships, win political friends and public support for the president, or further his administration’s legislative agenda.