Michelle Obama in Jason Wu for Inauguration 2013

I was up allllll day yesterday watching coverage of President Obama’s second inauguration. I attended the first one in 2009, and even though the temperatures were below freezing in DC, that day, it’s easily one of the most exciting experiences I’ve had in my life. This time around, I opted to stay home in Philadelphia, but the television was tuned into all the goings on at the Capitol for at least 16 hours.

I know I’m not the only one who was waiting on the edge of my seat to see what first lady Michelle Obama would be wearing to the inaugural balls. And when she stepped out in that ruby red Jason Wu dress, I squealed! I’m not even going to act embarrassed about it, I straight up SQUEALED like a five-year-old. She looked so amazing, and that shade of red was absolutely perfect on her. Clearly I started sketching right away.

I can’t imagine being a young designer and seeing the first lady of the United States stepping out onto the national stage in one of my creations. And Jason Wu got to experience that TWICE! If you remember, he also designed that glorious white, feathery one-shoulder gown that Michelle Obama wore in 2009. I saw it up close in the First Ladies exhibit at the Smithsonian Museuem of American History and it’s even more breathtaking in person. Dare I say, this ruby red dress was even better. I can’t wait for the chance to see it in real life.