Melania Trump’s Inaugural Gown to Join Smithsonian Collection

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Melania's off-the-shoulder gown was designed by Hervé Pierre in collaboration with Mrs. Trump. Pierre has previously worked on dresses worn by Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama.
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Before becoming first lady, Melania Trump was a model. She was born in Yugoslavia.
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Melania Trump will present her inaugural gown to the National Museum of American History on Friday, Oct. 20.
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Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle dance at the inaugural ball. Both Barack and Michelle went to Harvard Law School.
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Michelle Obama's gown, shoes and clutch all appear in the Smithsonian exhibit.
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First lady Michelle Obama also donated her inaugural gown to the Smithsonian. The designer, Jason Wu, was born in Taiwan and later studied fashion in Tokyo and Paris.
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The Smithsonian's First Ladies Collection also includes gowns worn by Frances Cleveland, Lou Hoover and Jacqueline Kennedy. Before they were unofficially deemed "First Ladies," presidents' wives were known as the official hostesses of the White House.
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First lady Laura Bush looks at her 2001 inaugural ball gown after it was set on display at the National Museum of American History in 2002. When a reporter asked her if she would be more similar to Barbara Bush or Hillary Clinton, the new first lady reportedly said, “I think I’ll just be like Laura Bush.”
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Laura Bush's inaugural gown was designed by fellow Texan, Michael Faircloth.
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Before becoming the first lady, Laura Bush was a librarian and elementary school teacher.
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First lady Hillary Clinton donated her purple gown from the 1993 inaugural ball to the museum in 1995. The gown was designed by a theatrical costume maker from New York.
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