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

White Inaugural Gowns: A Retrospective (SLIDESHOW)

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: