Melania Trump to donate inaugural ball gown to Smithsonian

The first lady said she, the president and their son Barron love living there.

Melania Trump kept her style simple as she parted ways with her Inaugural ball gown at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., Friday.

The resulting vanilla silk, off-the-shoulder gown is now part of the First Ladies Collection at the Smithsonian Institution. The gown also featured a slit skirt, ruffled accent trim from the neckline to the hem and a claret ribbon around the waist.

Herve Pierre had just two weeks to create the stunning gown for Melania Trump.

The designer was on hand and Mrs. Trump introduced him, calling Pierre "a true artist and a real professional", The Post reported.

"Today is such an honor as I dedicate my inaugural couture piece to the First Ladies exhibit at the National Museum of American History", the first lady said in a statement provided by the White House.

The white Wu is part of the Smithsonian collection, which, with the addition of Trump's dress this week, will bring to 27 the total number of dresses, and more than 160 other first lady clothing items and accessories. In the same September CNN poll, 54 percent of respondents said they had a favorable view of the first lady, compared with 41 percent favorable of President Trump, 41 percent favorable of Ivanka Trump and 20 percent favorable of Jared Kushner.

Pierre was formerly creative director for Carolina Herrera, the iconic American designer whose dresses were often worn by first ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush.

"As most of you know, before being elected president my husband was never in politics", she said.

'I wanted someone who would be willing to collaborate with me and Hervé exceeded my expectations, ' she gushed.

Pierre, who also was at the ceremony, said it was an honor to work with her on the dress. "I've designed thousands of dresses, but people will remember this one most particularly", he said.

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