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03 June 2023

Melania Trump's Inauguration dress designer praises her fashion judgment

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By Bang

The new US First Lady Melania Trump has been praised by her Inauguration dress designer Hervé Pierre for her input into the design of her dress.

Hervé Pierre was hired to create the new US First Lady's cream silk gown for the glitzy after-party bash following her husband Donald Trump's admission into office and revealed she was closely involved with every step of the design process.

The designer - who is also Melania's personal stylist - admitted he amended the design when the brunette beauty said to him during one fitting: "Hervé, I love you, but I cannot move my arm to hold my husband's arm when we dance."

He added: "She knows fashion - she was a model and has worked in a design studio - so she knows about construction. When I brought her fabric swatches, she immediately picked the heaviest, most beautiful six-ply silk from Italy. She knows about fabrics. It was a very organic conversation because we have the same vocabulary.

And the 46-year-old model was keen to appear "presidential" and not simply fashionable.

He said: "She was very specific about the neckline, about all the lines being parallel. It was important for us not to follow any recipe for a 'First Lady gown'. She's presidential now; she's not just a fashion plate."

Many designers publicly refused to dress Melania because of her husband's controversial policies but Hervé insisted he felt "honored" to be asked.

He told Harper's Bazar: "That's the good thing about this country: we are all equal, but we are definitely not the same. I'm not doing politics, I'm doing dresses. We are not suddenly brokering a big deal between China and Russia. If people don't want to dress her, I think it's sad, but I was honored. I don't criticize these people--it's their choice, and that's the beauty of democracy."

And the designer predicted Melania's fashion will continue to be "straight to the point" throughout her husband's presidency.

He added:"Her next four years as First Lady are going to be, like this gown, straight to the point, perhaps with a single measured detail."