Melania Trump Donates Inaugural Ball Gown to Smithsonian In Hot Pink Pumps


In comparison, Melania Trump remained in NY during the first few months of the Trump presidency while her son Barron Trump finished the school year.

United States First Lady Melania Trump has donated her inaugural ball gown to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

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

In a statement issued by press secretary Stephanie Grisham, Trump, 47, said it was "such an honor" to donate her gown to the museum's collection of FLOTUS frocks.

Mrs. Trump said she hoped the dress was "one of the many great beginnings to our family's history here".

Trump officially donated the couture piece 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 wore it as she accompanied President Donald Trump to celebratory balls on January 20.

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"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.

The two got on the phone together and the incoming first lady explained that she needed the dress in under two weeks.

"You can imagine that after [the president] won we were very busy with all that goes into preparing for a new administration and all the changes that we as a family would be facing", she said. "I've designed thousands of dresses, but people will remember this one most particularly", 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.

"(The first ladies) are all so gracious about the donation process", Graddy said.