Jill Biden donated two inauguration outfits AND the matching face masks to the Smithsonian’s First Lady exhibit.
“My focus on Inauguration Day was being a First Lady for all Americans — doing my part to help bring our country back together,” Jill Biden said. “These two ensembles, as a form of art and expression, were a voice for me on one of the most important days of my life.”
My focus on Inauguration Day was being a First Lady for all Americans — doing my part to help bring our country back together.
These two ensembles, as a form of art and expression, were a voice for me on one of the most important days of my life. pic.twitter.com/rVkRz5J71D
— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) January 25, 2023
First lady Jill Biden will present both her Inauguration Day ensembles at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History on Wednesday, the White House announced, as part of the museum’s First Ladies Collection exhibition.
Biden wore two separate outfits on Inauguration Day 2021, CNN Style reported at the time. For the inauguration ceremony, she wore a blue tweed coat with velvet cuffs and a dress embellished with Swarovski crystals with a matching face mask, from Colorado-born Alexandra O’Neill of American label Markarian.
“It is an incredible honor to dress Dr. Biden today,” O’Neill said in a statement to CNN Style at the time. “I am so humbled to be even a small part of American history.”
For the inauguration concert later in the evening, the first lady wore an all-white outfit comprising a dress, coat and matching white gloves by Chloé creative director, Uruguay-born Gabriela Hearst.
Jill Biden’s speech Wednesday night was cringeworthy.
“Clothing is an art and articulation. It’s a manifestation of a moment of time, it’s history,” Jill Biden said Wednesday. “I’m deeply honored to play a small part in a big moment of our history, alongside two visionary designers.”
First ladies typically donate their inaugural ball gowns to the Smithsonian Institution for its collection. Jill Biden gave up two clothing ensembles, one of which is the ocean blue tweed dress that she wore to her husband’s presidential inauguration.https://t.co/aHuELobOVY pic.twitter.com/3M6YomMrRn
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 25, 2023