First Lady Donates Inaugural Dress to Smithsonian Museum

Melania Trump participated in a donation ceremony Friday at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

The said long-standing tradition started in 1912 when then-First Lady Helen Taft enthusiastically donated to the same institution the gown that she wore during her husband's inauguration in 1909.

Melania Trump and Herve Pierre unveil Trump's inaugural gown at the Smithsonian.

Recalling the inaugural ball on January 20, Pierre said when the president saw the first lady in the dress for the first time he said, "Whoa, that's really gorgeous".

First Lady Melania Trump has donated the couture piece that she wore to the 2017 inaugural balls to the First Ladies Collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Trump unveiled the gown alongside the designer and members of the museum, adding that she had "a very precise idea of what I wanted for such a historic evening".

On Friday, Trump officially donated the gown, a vanilla off-the-shoulder dress designed by Hervé Pierre, to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. "For me it reflects her personality", Pierre told the magazine.

The Slovenian-born former model and Pierre, who have become close friends and collaborators, posed next to one another beside the famous inaugural gown, which was constructed of sleek silk crepe and a red ribbon encircling the waist of the garment. The designer didn't only join FLOTUS for the private event, he traveled to the nation's capital to make sure that the gown was just right. "It's one of the reasons people come to the museum at all", said the Smithsonian's secretary David Skorton, M.D., adding the museum attracted about 4.5 million visitors previous year.

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