White Inaugural Gowns: A Retrospective (SLIDESHOW)

02/23/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Michelle Obama dazzled in her wintry white Jason Wu gown as she accompanied her husband to ten inaugural balls Tuesday night. As it turns out, white has been a recurring choice for incoming first ladies on inauguration night, from Jackie Kennedy to Nancy Reagan to Laura Bush. Even Mary Todd Lincoln opted for a white ball gown in 1861 after Abraham Lincoln was sworn-in (on the same bible Barack used Tuesday). Check out former first ladies in white below:

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