Michelle Obama wore a bright red gown made of chiffon and velvet and designed by Jason Wu to the inaugural balls Monday. Red, surprisingly, has not been a very popular color among first ladies' inaugural gowns, despite its popularity in campaign signs. In the last 60 years, most first ladies have worn either white or almost-white dresses, or blue ones. In the 1960s and 1970s, yellow was popular.
Obama is one of the only first ladies to go sleeveless -- Nancy Reagan is the only other to have done so since Mamie Eisenhower. So Obama is a trend setter even among this tiny group of women. Her shoes are designed by Jimmy Choo, and her diamond jewelry was made by Kimberly McDonald. (Photo at right via Associated Press.) Here's how Obama's dress compares to inaugural gowns past:
(Update, Tuesday: What She's Wearing Today — and Why It Matters)
2009: Michelle Obama, and her famously toned arms, wore a one-shouldered white dress, which was designed by Jason Wu, and peep-toe white pumps.
2005: Laura Bush wore light blue, long sleeves, and sparkly stuff.
The Bushes' daughters were old enough to wear gowns for us to obsess over. They went sleeveless.
2001: Laura Bush wore a red long-sleeved gown. That year, Bush's daughters were still in the prom zone.