January 20, 2017 will always be one of the greatest days in history, as it felt like Christmas morning waking up to what was in store. Nothing was going to ruin this miraculous day. Everyone across the world witnessed the swearing in of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States, and it will be a day many American’s will NEVER forget. The beginning of REAL CHANGE, and an end of an error. (See Videos Below)
Inauguration day began early morning and was filled with an array of events from musical acts, the swearing in, the parade, and the unforgettable inaugural ball. Whether you witnessed it in person, or on the television, America was glued in and smiling from ear to ear.
During the inaugural ball, First Lady Melania Trump wore an immaculate gown that was designed by French-American fashion designer Hervé Pierre. President Trump couldn’t keep his eyes off of his beautiful wife as she looked STUNNING! (WATCH POTUS and FLOUTS dance during the Inaugural Ball-Video at the bottom)
However, on Friday morning, the First Lady donated her stunning inaugural ball gown to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. (See Videos Below)
The gown will be placed in the museum’s “First Ladies” exhibit alongside several others worn by first ladies throughout American history, including Laura Bush, Jacqueline Kennedy and Martha Washington.
The “First Ladies” exhibit features 26 dresses, including the yellow dress Jackie Kennedy wore to her first state dinner in 1961, and more than 160 other objects, such as White House china. First Lady Melania Trump said it was an “honor” to contribute to the museum.
According to the Smithsonian, the tradition of first ladies giving over their gowns began in 1912 with Helen Taft, who donated the white silk chiffon dress she wore to her husband’s 1909 inauguration. (See Videos Below)
Pierre accompanied First Lady Melania Trump to the Smithsonian on Friday morning, telling Women’s Wear Daily that he jumped at the chance.
“She asked me if I wanted to be her date, and I said, ‘Oh hell, yes,” Pierre told WWD. “As a foreigner who became an American, to have your gown put in the Smithsonian Museum is a big huge honor. I got chills. I know how in the designer world, there are lots of big egos. I have always tried to manage my ego for many, many years. But in this case, there is nothing to be ashamed of — it’s a big ego thing. I’m really, really proud of it.”
“Today Melania Trump is taking part in a more than century-old tradition,” museum director John Gray said, according to a Smithsonian Institute press release. “The first inaugural gown donated to the Smithsonian was by Helen Taft, and more than 100 years later we are proud to have Melania Trump donate to this extraordinary collection.”
During her speech while donating the dress the First Lady stated:
“As most of you know, before being elected president my husband was never in politics,” she began, “So you can imagine that after he won we were very busy with all that goes into preparing for a new administration and all the changes that we as a family would be facing.”
“To be honest,” she continued, “what I would wear to the inaugural ball was the last thing on my mind, in fact by the time I got around to thinking about my wardrobe choice poor Hervé was only given two weeks to design and produce this couture piece.”
“The president, Barron and I love living here,” concluded Trump, “and we are so honored to represent this country.”
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