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The Scoop on Michelle Obama's Inaugural Gown and Jewels

01/21/2009 at 01:37 PM ET

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Designers from Kai Milla, Marc Bouwer, Reem Acra (who dressed Jill Biden for the big night) and Isabel Toledo, whom she wore to the Inauguration, all sketched potential options for the new First Lady, and the fashion world waited to see her choice with bated breath. Turns out that Michelle chose a one-shouldered silk chiffon Jason Wu number covered in organza flowers and Swarovski cyrstals — and no one was more surprised than the designer himself, who learned of Michelle’s choice with the rest of the world. “I was in awe when I saw her. I was emotional, I was amazed,” Wu tells PEOPLE. The N.Y.C.-based 26-year-old designer, who along with four friends sewed the countless number of flowers onto the dress by hand, says “I wanted the dress to reflect hope, fantasy, a dream [because] this is a pretty surreal moment we’re living in.” As for the color, Wu told Meredith Veira on the Today Show, “I wanted to design a gown that would highlight her best features.” To accent the feminine gown, Michelle chose diamonds from Loree Rodkin, who says “The First Lady is a symbol of hope, courage and great style. Words can not describe the emotions I feel that Michelle Obama has allowed me to be a part of this glorious moment.” From her line, Michelle chose 60-carat white gold and triple rose cut diamond drop earrings, a 10 carat center stone white gold and black rhodium rose cut diamond ring and white gold and diamond bangles, which will become part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Museum. Check out all of Michelle’s stylish choices from the historic weekend.

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Murphy on

She looked beautiful!

Danielle on

So that’s what our tax dollars pay for? 60 carat earrings that are now going to be put into the Smithsonian.

Terry on

She looked fabulous!

Becky on

I noticed Mrs. Obama didn’t wear a wedding ring, is that because she had such a large ring on the middle finger?

Anne on

Danielle, shut up.

Sharon Lewis on

Hideous. Both outfits. Simply hideous.

Lo' on

Really, you think tax dollars paid for this? Go back to school.

Robyn on

I liked this gown (somewhat) but the gold dress she wore to the Inauguration was HORRID… Mom and Dad had curtains in our house in the 70’s that looked just like that dress! UG…LY!!

Elizabeth on

I thought she looked stunning in both outfits. I thought the daytime outfit was very regal and a wonderfully different color. And the girls looked adorable!!!

G on

She is just darling… and really what matters is how lovely the First Lady looks ;)

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