But she told the crowd: “I’ll never forget the moment that I slipped on this beautiful gown. I remember how just luscious I felt as the president and I were announced onto the stage for the first of many dances. And I’ll cherish that moment for the rest of my life.”
The new gallery, “A First Lady’s Debut” opens tomorrow, March 10, and will include 11 gowns worn by first ladies from Mamie Eisenhower to Michelle Obama. Together the two galleries that make up the “First Ladies at the Smithsonian” exhibition will feature a total of 24 dresses and more than 100 other objects, including portraits, White House china and personal items.