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Melania Trump's inaugural gown enters Smithsonian's First Ladies Collection

23 October, 2017, 04:03 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • First lady Melania Trump sees her inaugural ball gown displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History for the first time on Friday

Melania Trump is putting her personal style in the first lady history books.

The designer of Trump's gown, Hervé Pierre, was also in attendance on Friday.

While many designers have refused to dress Melania, the designer has explained why he made a decision to design the gown for her.

"This piece is one of the many new beginnings of our family's history here in Washington".

The designer was on hand and Mrs. Trump introduced him, calling Pierre "a true artist and a real professional", The Post reported. In the same September CNN poll, 54 percent of respondents said they had a favorable view of the first lady, compared with 41 percent favorable of President Trump, 41 percent favorable of Ivanka Trump and 20 percent favorable of Jared Kushner.

Trump, on teleprompter, but speaking more freely than usual, spoke about how, because her husband was a first-time politician, she was focused on preparing for the new administration and an eventual move to Washington - and thus forgot about the dress.

Laura Duff, a spokeswoman for the museum, said the First Ladies Collection has been one of the most popular Smithsonian attractions for more than a century.

Mrs. Trump's gown will be added to the exhibit that features 26 dresses, including some worn by Jacqueline Kennedy, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama, along with other items. Pierre said the two are working on her looks for an upcoming trip to Asia. She said Pierre, who attended the event and also serves as a stylist, had just two weeks to create the gown. "The key for me to be elegant, it's not only to only to have a handsome dress, it's to be right for the occasion", he said.

Trump's gown had little of the glitz and drama of past first lady inaugural designs, though it was chic in its simplicity, with its off-the-shoulder neckline and a skinny, red belt as the only pop of color.

Pierre, the former creative director of Carolina Herrera, said it was a fast process, but that "a good conversation, a good collaboration leads to something very good".


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