Revealed: What designer will be dressing Melania Trump on Inauguration Day
Karl Lagerfeld will reportedly dress Melania Trump for Donald Trump's Inauguration.
Fashion website WWD reported on Monday that American designer Ralph Lauren will be dressing Melania for the Inauguration and its corresponding events in the run up to the swearing in of the 45th president of the United States.
Now the publication is reporting that Melania, 46, will also have the services of Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld for the all important Inauguration Day and the inaugural balls. At present it's unclear who will do what, but Lauren is expected to provide daywear, with Lagerfeld potentially providing gowns for the nighttime events.
The news comes amid furious speculation over who would dress the First Lady after several designers publicly declined to dress the mother-of-one because of the negative rhetoric associated with her controversial husband.
French fashion designer Sophie Theallet, a favourite of current U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, wrote an open letter to the incoming First Lady which declared she disagrees with Trump's policies, and therefore wouldn't dress her for events.
And Tom Ford admitted he has declined to dress Melania for years as he believes she doesn't correspond with his "image", and therefore has no plans to dress her during her time in the White House.
Lauren, who has never publicly endorsed a presidential candidate, dressed Hillary Clinton during the election campaign, and has a long history of dressing first ladies including Michelle Obama, Nancy Reagan and Betty Ford.
Surprisingly, it seems Carolina Herrera, one of the few designers to support Melania, was not sought out to provide her services. Hererra said she would happily accept the chance to see Melania wear her ladylike and sophisticated designs.
"It is an honour to dress the first ladies of the country and it's something to do for the United States. It's not for myself. It's for the public," she told the Associated Press.