Published: Tue, January 24, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

First Lady Melania Trump Co-Designed Her Inaugural Ball Gown

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump took part in a traditional dance and cake-cutting with members of the US military.

The couple stepped out at both the Freedom Inaugural Ball and the Liberty Inaugural Ball to share their first dance to "My Way". Melania wore an elaborate Dior gown to the ceremony that had over 300 feet of satin material and took over 500 hours to embroider.

At a pre-inauguration dinner on Thursday, the new first lady wore a gold Naeem Khan dress.

"So I feel lucky and honored to dress Melania Trump, but this time under my name". He noted that she has a very strong personal style and she "doesn't plan to change it because of her new function". "In a weird way, perhaps we'll see something similar to what Michelle Obama did with Jason Wu".

"It's an honor to dress the First Lady", he said.

The President's ambition was even evident in the choice of song for the first dance with the First Lady - Frank Sinatra's My Way.

Her step-daughter, Ivanka Trump, wore a one-of-a-kind embroidered deep v-neck tulle gown by American design house Carolina Herrera, while the President's youngest daughter, Tiffany Trump, the Frances "Baby" Houseman of the family, was dressed by a Beverly Hills-based designer Simin Taghdiri. Reem Acra, another American fashion designer.

His decision to work with the new First Lady comes after a string of other designers refused to dress her, citing opposition to her husband's controversial policies on immigration and campaign insults.

And like Obama, she has been known to mix in lesser-known labels. Trump thanked his supporters, along with his wife Melania and Vice President Mike Pence. She is Donald Trump's third wife and is just eight years older than her stepson Donald Trump Jr.

As the wife of a billionaire, it remains unclear whether Trump will follow Obama's example and include cheaper outfits in her wardrobe.

Then they went straight to a second party, where Trump worked the crowd a bit more, asking if he should keep tweeting (the people roared its approval).

A New York Times editorial said Trump ignored positive developments in law enforcement and economic opportunity, and that "the new president offered a tortured rewrite of American history - ignoring the injustices of the past as well as the nation's economic resilience and social achievements in recent decades".

Strongman stole millions of dollars in his final weeks in power, leaving state accounts "empty".

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