Melania Trump donates her inaugural gown to the Smithsonian

First lady Melania Trump sees her inaugural ball gown displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History for the first time on Friday

First lady Melania Trump sees her inaugural ball gown displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History for the first time on Friday

First Lady Melania Trump is keeping a lean staff list on payroll compared to other recent first ladies, Fox News reported Friday.

'To be honest, what I would wear to the inaugural ball was the last thing on my mind, ' she told the crowd, garnering laughs.

Lisa Kathleen Graddy, curator of the Smithsonian's First Ladies Collection exhibition, said the tradition began with Helen Taft in 1912. The first lady wore it as she accompanied President Donald Trump to celebratory balls on January 20.

Months ago, Mrs. Trump pledged to make combatting cyberbullying a core component of her work.

Trump unveiled the gown alongside the designer and members of the museum, adding that she had "a very precise idea of what I wanted for such a historic evening".

Describing the occasion as an "honor", Mrs. Trump said she hoped it would be "one of many great beginnings to our family's history here in Washington D.C". The gown also featured a slit skirt, ruffled accent trim from the neckline to the hem and a claret ribbon around the waist.

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Pierre was formerly creative director for Carolina Herrera, the iconic American designer whose dresses were often worn by first ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush.

'When sitting down with Hervé I had to discuss my vision, I expressed a desire to have modern, sleek, light, unique and unexpected, ' the first lady added. It had to be really, really right because it was going to be part of history - part of this country's history but also part of what I will have achieved on earth.

The two got on the phone together and the incoming first lady explained that she needed the dress in under two weeks.

The Smithsonian says the First Ladies Collection has been one of its most popular attractions for more than a century.

"It can be a daunting task to choose an outfit that will be mesmerized and become part of our nation's story and forever history", the former model said at ceremony, according to ABC News.

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