On Friday night, Melania Trump fulfilled the expectations of a First Lady of the United States at the inauguration ball. She ended her style story by accomplishing the following:
1. Being dressed by a designer name that nobody knows and yet can become big after the inauguration.
2. Wearing a dress that nobody expected.
3. Looking elegant!
The FLOTUS opted for a vanilla crepe column gown, with a sculpted ruffle on the bodice. She paired the dress with a delicate red belt, creating a combination of color that completed the colors of the American flag. She looked radiant and comfortable. The reveal of this dress was much anticipated for its significance, since all the dresses worn at the Presidential inauguration night have gone to the Smithsonian museum. We can find the dresses worn by the First Lady as far back Helen Taft at the museum.
Helen Taft in her Inaugural ball gown, 1909 Courtesy of Library of Congress. Smithsonian
Melania’s custom dress was a collaboration between the new first lady and Herve Pierre. He is a designer that doesn’t have his own collection yet, but is the former creative director at Carolina Herrera, and has worked for other important fashion houses.
In an interview with WWD, Mr. Pierre talked about his experience designing this dress with the First Lady and what it meant to him:
“It’s an honor to dress the First Lady,” Pierre said in a statement. “I was actually lucky because over my 20 years in the U.S., I dressed all the first ladies: Mrs. Clinton at Oscar [de la Renta], Mrs. Bush and Mrs. Obama at Carolina Herrera. So I feel lucky and honored to dress Melania Trump, but this time under my name.”
“It was an amazing experience!” he continued, noting that Trump’s contributions were technical as well as aesthetic. “She knows what she likes. Our conversations were, and are, very easy. She knows about fashion, as a former model. She is aware about constructions, so we have already the same vocabulary when it comes to designing a dress.”
The style of the FLOTUS has been an interest of people for many years, and perhaps because there is so much we can learn about a woman by how she styles herself. One thing is for sure: Melania Trump, the new First Lady of the United States, spoke to all the world.