After wearing a pale blue skirt suit by Ralph Lauren for the inauguration day events, Melania Trump changed into a cream gown with sculptural detail for the evening, collaborating with her long-time friend Hervé Pierre. Pierre was formerly the designer at New York-based house Carolina Herrera and her selection chimed with the message which her husband was encouraging at the time, telling Americans to ‘Buy American’ and put ‘America first’.
The design featured a ‘Republican red’ ribbon around the waist, yet the choice of Pierre was considered bipartisan.
‘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,’ the designer pointed out. ‘So I feel lucky and honored to dress Melania Trump, but this time under my name.’ [sic]
2021: Jill Biden
And so to Jill Biden – what might the incoming First Lady wear? So far on the campaign trail Mrs Biden has championed new talents, as well as re-wearing old pieces in her wardrobe. She’s worn established American brand names, and customised her own clothes and accessories to send literal messages.
Never before has there been so much commentary around political dressing, and Mrs Biden has the opportunity to project whichever type of image she might like to at the inauguration – regardless of whether the format is changed due to the pandemic. The only thing which is for certain, is that the photographs of this historic moment will still be shared worldwide and that her clothes will subsequently become museum-worthy.