Melania Trump Donates Inaugural Ball Gown to Smithsonian’s First Ladies Collection

First lady Melania Trump donates her inaugural gown, designed by Herve Pierre, left, to the First Ladies’ Collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, during a ceremony in Washington, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.
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First lady Melania Trump’s inaugural gown is now a part of American history — enshrined in the Smithsonian’s First Ladies Collection of past inaugural frocks.

At a ceremony at the National Museum of American History in Washington on Friday, Trump formally handed over what the White House called her “couture” inaugural dress: A vanilla silk crepe off-the-shoulder gown with a slit skirt, a ruffled accent from neckline to hem and a claret ribbon around the waist.

Trump, a former fashion model, was dressed for the event in a creamy-pink brocade shift dress with a pink coat casually draped over her shoulders and her trademark spike heels in coral pink suede.

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. She said the tradition would help commemorate the inauguration ceremonies for the Trumps.

“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,” she added.

The dress was designed by French-born designer Hervé Pierre, 51, in collaboration with Trump herself, who thanked him for his efforts.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Maria Puente