“The inaugural ball is the First Lady’s debut moment,” Graddy says. “That’s why that dress is important: You’re never going to get rid of that picture.” Four years later, Michelle Obama has little reason to rue her choice. The ethereal Jason Wu design she chose was tender, elegant and approved by runway-watchers. “The choice of a white dress is both glamorous and somewhat old-fashioned,” TIME wrote. Unlike previous First Ladies who announced what they would be wearing in advance, Obama kept her selection a secret until she walked out on the floor. We have a feeling she won’t disappoint this time either.
PHOTOS: Michelle Obama’s Jason Wu Dress