The Best Fashion From the Inaugural Balls

What did First Lady Michelle Obama wear to the Inaugural Ball? See the best gowns, tuxes and more from the night's festivities.

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First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama danced to Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” performed by Jennifer Hudson. Click to see all of the great fashion from the 2013 Inaugural Balls.
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President Barack Obama bows as he and first lady Michelle Obama, wearing a ruby colored chiffon and velvet Jason Wu gown, gets ready to dance at the Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center during the 57th Presidential Inauguration.
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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama share a dance during the Commander-In-Chief Inaugural ball. The First Lady is wearing a custom Jason Wu ruby colored chiffon and velvet gown with a handmade diamond embellished ring by jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald.
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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance at the Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball. She is wearing shoes designed by Jimmy Choo.
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President Barack Obama kisses first lady Michelle Obama during their dance at the Commander-in-Chief Inaugural Ball. At the end of the Inaugural festivities, the outfits and accompanying accessories will go to the National Archives.
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First lady Michelle Obama made her grand entrance to the Commander-in-Chief's Inaugural Ball in a custom Jason Wu ruby red chiffon and velvet gown.
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And there he was. President Barack Obama wore a white bow tie, a small American flag pin on his lapel, and a big grin to the inaugural balls Monday night.
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Jennifer Hudson, in a black gown and dazzling platform pumps sang for the first couple.
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Vice President Joe Biden opted for a black bow tie, while Dr. Jill Biden wore a silky Vera Wang gown, an aide told NBC News. The two danced to Ray Charles' "I Can't Stop Loving You," performed by Jamie Foxx.
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Alica Keys—also in red—was among the performers at the inaugural ball. She changed the lyrics of hit song from "this girl is on fire," to "Obama's on fire."
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Country music recording artist Brad Paisley added a pop of color to his black-on-black ensemble with the help of a red tie and his bright blue guitar.
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Actor Matt Bomer attends the Creative Coalition's 2013 Inaugural Ball looking like a modern day James Bond in his double-breasted tuxedo.
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Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx took a modern approach to the traditional tuxedo, opting to wear a gray-on-black number during his performance at the the Commander-In-Chief's Inaugural Ball.
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Actress Gabrielle Union looked plum perfect in a purple-hued gown at the BET Networks Inaugural Ball.
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Mexican band Mana stayed true to their rock star roots by opting for leather duds during their performance at the Inaugural Ball.
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The band fun. had some fun with their wardrobe and opted to forgo the socks and ties during their performance at the Inaugural Ball.
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