First Lady Melania Trump today took a part in a tradition carried out by First Ladies for over a century by donating a couture piece that she wore to the 2017 inaugural balls to the First Ladies Collection at the National Museum of American History.
The dress, which was designed by Herve Pierre in collaboration with Mrs. Trump, is a vanilla silk crepe off-the-shoulder gown with a slit skirt-accent from neckline to hem, and claret ribbon around the waist, was added to the exhibition that features 26 dresses that former first ladies worn previously.
First Lady Melania Trump stated: “Today is such an honor as I dedicate my inaugural couture piece to the First Ladies exhibit at the National Museum of American History. In addition to celebrating fashion, which is something I have loved since I was a small child, there is no better way to memorialize such a special evening, and new chapter in the life of our family.”
“It was an honor to work collaboratively with First Lady Melania Trump to design the couture piece that she wore to this year’s inaugural balls,” stated fashion designer Herve Pierre. “This has truly been a wonderful journey – from the extraordinary collaboration, to creating the piece, to seeing her wear it on an historic night, and now having it preserved in history forever in such an iconic exhibit—is something I will always cherish. ”
The First Ladies exhibition has a purpose to inspire visitors to the museum to consider about the changing role that First Lady and American women have played it during the past 200 years.