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Michelle Obama chooses designer Jason Wu for the Commander-in-Chief Ball

The First Lady rocks a ruby red gown for the festivities.

By Kim Anne Jan 22, 2013 4:40PM

Photo: Michael Kovac/WireImageMichelle Obama has been rocking a plethora of chic ensembles the past couple of days, and for the final shebang last night in honor of the Inauguration, Obama chose the same designer to craft her dress as she did four years ago for President Obama’s first inauguration.

For last night’s Commander-in-Chief ball, she chose a custom ruby-colored Jason Wu gown made of chiffon and velvet, according to New York Magazine, which she paired with Jimmy Choo shoes and a ring by Kimberly McDonald. Four years ago, she also wore Jason Wu (who was, back then, more of an up-and-coming designer), looking stunning in a white floor-length gown. 

But as it turns out, Wu didn’t know his dress would be chosen until mere minutes before she wore it. “It is a big surprise,” Wu told the New York Times. “The White House kept me pretty clueless until five minutes ago.”

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Many fashion experts thought she would wear blue last night, based on her previous outfits on Inauguration day, but Wu said it was red that he envisioned her in. “You have to think about the client, and I felt like red was such a perfect color for her. It’s such a confident color for her and it really was my first instinct.”

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Photo: Michael Kovac/WireImage

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