US First Lady Melania Trump designed her inauguration dress with Hervé Pierre
US First Lady Melania Trump designed her own dress with the help of Hervé Pierre.
The former model (46) opted for an off the shoulder crepe own for the Inauguration Freedom Ball in Washington D.C., which she collaborated on.
Pierre released a statement to WWD, saying he has dressed all the first ladies throughout his two decade career in different fashion houses.
"It’s an honour to dress the First Lady. I was actually lucky because over my 20 years in the U.S., I dressed all the first ladies: Mrs. Clinton at Oscar [de la Renta], Mrs. Bush and Mrs. Obama at Carolina Herrera. So I feel lucky and honored to dress Melania Trump, but this time under my name," he said.
Pierre added that Mrs Trump "doesn't plan to change it [her style] because of her new function.
"So it was fun to respect her very tailored sense of fashion and to translate it in a gown. The lines are sharp, the design has no fuss and reflects Mrs. Trump’s vision of fashion and the way she feels in a gown."
"She knows what she likes. Our conversations were, and are, very easy. She knows about fashion, as a former model. She is aware about constructions, so we have already the same vocabulary when it comes to designing a dress."
Many designers publicly refused to dress the mother-of-one in response to her husband's campaign rhetoric, including Tom Ford, who said he didn't think his expensive designs should be worn by any first lady.
"Whoever is the president, or the first lady, should be wearing clothes at a price point that are accessible to most Americans, and wearing clothes made in America," he told Elle.com.
"My clothes are made in Italy, they're very, very expensive. I don't think most women or men in our country can relate to that, and I think the first lady or the president should represent all people."
President Trump responded, saying: "Tom Ford came out and said he was not dressing Melania. He was never asked. I never liked him or his designs. He’s never had something to dress like that."
Meanwhile, first daughter Ivanka opted for a glittering gown by Carolina Herrera, adorned with Swarovski crystals.