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Jill Biden donates inaugural wear to Smithsonian

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The ocean blue tweed dress and matching coat Jill Biden wore for Joe Biden's presidential inauguration went on display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History on Wednesday. In a rare move, the museum is also displaying the ensemble Jill Biden wore for evening inaugural events, an ivory silk wool dress and matching cashmere coat. First ladies usually give their inaugural ball gown to the museum. But there were no inaugural balls for President Biden, who took office during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, when large indoor gatherings were discouraged. In a nod to the historic nature of Joe Biden's swearing-in, Jill Biden's matching face masks also became part of The First Ladies Collection at the National Museum of American History. Addressing the crowd at the National Museum of American History, First Lady Biden became emotional while talking about the legacy the two dresses will leave behind.


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