First lady donates inaugural gown to Smithsonian

Saul Bowman
October 23, 2017

Trump officially donated the couture piece on October 20 at the National Museum of American History and it has been added to the popular exhibit that features dresses worn by Jacqueline Kennedy, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama and others.

The first lady's vanilla silk, off-the-shoulder gown was presented to the museum during a ceremony Friday in Washington.

In her speech, which lasted under four minutes, the first lady admitted procuring a ball gown had slipped her mind, so she made 'poor Hervé, ' designer Hervé Pierre, work on a tight two-week deadline to craft the 'gorgeous couture piece'.


"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", Pierre said.

Melania Trump is donating her inaugural ball gown to the First Ladies' Collection at the Smithsonian Institution. "The President, Barron and I all love it here", she added.

The white Wu is part of the Smithsonian collection, which, with the addition of Trump's dress this week, will bring to 27 the total number of dresses, and more than 160 other first lady clothing items and accessories. The former model said making the donation was an honor. Pierre said the two are working on her looks for an upcoming trip to Asia. Dems plead for nursing home residents' right to sue Interior moves to delay Obama's methane leak rule MORE's first year in office, Michelle Obama had 16 people listed under the "first lady" staffing roster, whose salaries totaled to $1.24 million a year, according to the report. "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. On Trump's first trip to Texas after the hurricane, the first lady's decision to wear stilettos as she left the White House was panned on social media.

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