First Lady Melania Trump is admired by many for her beauty, grace, and class. Some would argue that she has been the classiest first lady in a long time.
Now, she is showing just how classy she really is. It turns out that First Lady Melania will be donating her inaugural ball gown to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The donation will occur Friday morning, according to an article from The Washington Examiner. It will be a formal event dedicating a great addition to the tale of American History.
When the dress is donated Friday, Herve Pierre, the designer who made the gown, will be in attendance. He explained to Woman’s Wear Daily how the conversation between he and Melania went down.
“She asked me if I wanted to be her date, and I said, ‘Oh hell, yes,’” Pierre responded while laughing. It was clear that he was pleased to be invited to this event.
He continued: “As a foreigner who became an American, to have your gown put in the Smithsonian Museum is a big huge honor. I got chills. I know how in the designer world, there are lots of big egos. I have always tried to manage my ego for many, many years. But in this case, there is nothing to be ashamed of — it’s a big ego thing. I’m really really proud of it.”
The event of the First Lady’s gift will be hosted by David Skorton, who is the secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, as well as John Gray, the director of the National Museum of American History.
There will be about 200 guests in attendance at Flag Hall to see the unveiling of the vanilla silk crepe off-the-shoulder gown with a slit skirt and ruffled accent trim. It sounds quite fancy indeed. Many have commented on the dress from that night, generally calling it beautiful.
Pierre even spoke about the night of the ball when President Donald Trump noticed Melania in the dress for the first time. “He said, ‘Woah, that’s really gorgeous,'” Pierre reflected.
The dress will be featured in a section of the National Museum of American History titled the First Ladies Collection. Many other first ladies have donated their dresses to the museum.
First Lady Melania’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, explained that in preparation for the Inaugural Ball, Melania had “a very precise idea of what she wanted to wear,” hence, the specialized dress created by Pierre.
First Lady Melania is donating her inaugural gown. Are you glad she is our First Lady?
Grisham confirmed that during the ball, Melania was seeking a “modern, light, unique, and unexpected look.” If President Trump’s response is any indication, she surely succeeded in all of those aspects.
Grisham explained how Melania feels about being able to donate her dress to such a historic place. “She is honored to be able to donate her couture piece to such an iconic exhibit at the Smithsonian.”
As expected, First Lady Melania Trump handled the announcement with an aura of classiness, and everyone is expecting her to handle the event Friday just the same.