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Melania Trump's Inaugural Gown to be Displayed at Smithsonian

Melania Trump's Inaugural Gown to be Displayed at Smithsonian
President Donald J. Trump and first lady Melania Trump dance at The Salute To Our Armed Services Inaugural Ball Jan. 20, 2017. (David J. Phillip/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 18 October 2017 02:36 PM

The inaugural ball gown worn by first lady Melania Trump is set for display at a Smithsonian exhibit, according to CNN.

The Smithsonian Museum of American History will place the dress, designed by Herve Pierre, in the First Ladies Collection, it was announced Wednesday.

"Mrs. Trump had a passion for design starting at very young age, and had a very precise idea of what she wanted to wear for the historic evening,"said Stephanie Grisham, her communications director, according to CNN.

"She is honored to be able to donate her couture piece to such an iconic exhibit at the Smithsonian," Grisham said in the CNN report.

The tradition of donating the inaugural gown began in 1912 with Helen Taft, according to Lisa Kathleen Graddy, the curator of the Smithsonian's First Ladies Collection.

"Since then, it's become the custom for the Smithsonian to make the donation request, and for the first lady to give her gown for the public to view," Graddy said in the CNN report.

The collection of first ladies' dresses is one of the most popular Smithsonian exhibits. In 2016, more than 4 million visitors passed through the Collection, CNN's report said.

"She didn't want a big ball gown, she wanted something sleek, ivory, vanilla. It had to be really, really right because it was going to be part of history," said Herve Pierre, the dress' designer, in The New York Times.

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