On display when we re-open at 2 p.m. today: First Lady Melania Trump’s inaugural gown. First Lady Helen Taft began the tradition of donating a gown to the @Smithsonian in 1912.
Mrs. Trump is the ninth first lady to take part in a Smithsonian presentation ceremony of her gown, an event first attended by Lady Bird Johnson, who donated a gown she wore to a White House state dinner for the British Prime Minister. She later donated her 1965 inaugural gown to the collection.
Mrs. Trump’s gown is a vanilla silk crepe off-the-shoulder dress with slit skirt, a ruffled accent trim encircling the neckline that flows down to the hem to trail ever so slightly onto the floor, and a thin claret ribbon tied around the waist in a small bow. It was designed by Hervé Pierre in collaboration with Melania Trump. We asked Curator Lisa Kathleen Graddy of our Division of Political History about her favorite part of the gown. Her answer: “the undulating ruffled trim!” Swipe to see two other gowns, including Helen Taft’s and Mamie Eisenhower’s. More on our blog: http://s.si.edu/FLgown (Link in profile.) #FLOTUS #FirstLadies #FirstLadiesGowns #FashionHistory #AmericanHistory