For the inaugural ball, Melania Trump opted for a stunning off-the-shoulder gown.
The piece was designed by Hervé Pierre in collaboration with Mrs. Trump herself, according to the first lady’s representatives, Women’s Wear Daily reports.
“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.”
Pierre, a Frenchman, previously worked for Herrera, who designed Ivanka Trump’s inaugural ball gown. He is currently a freelance designer and not associated with a major fashion house.
While Ivanka’s dress gave off princess vibes, Melania’s gown was understated. The organza number, with a high leg slit and flowing fabric detailing, was accessorized with a thin red belt with a bow.
Melania follows other first ladies — Michelle Obama, Nancy Reagan, and Jacqueline Kennedy — in wearing white. As Hazel Clark, a professor of design and fashion studies and the research chair of fashion at Parsons School of Design in New York, told Yahoo Style, it’s a color that “in a Western context bears a relationship to birth, virginity, the wedding dress — significant rites of passage.”