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Traditionally, the First Lady's inaugural gown is donated to the Smithsonian, to be part of The First Ladies Collection, but Mrs. Obama's ruby colored chiffon and velvet gown designed by Jason Wu heads to the National Archives for now, along with the navy Thom Browne coat and dress she wore to the inaugural ceremony and parade.

The pieces are destined to be among the first objects in a future Obama presidential library.

The Smithsonian curator, who oversees The First Ladies Collection at the National Museum of American History, says second inaugural gowns are traditionally exhibited at presidential libraries.

President Obama still has to decide where to build his presidential library: in his birthplace of Hawaii or his adopted hometown of Chicago.

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