PHOTOS: FIRST LADY INAUGURAL BALL FASHION THROUGH THE YEARS

At Friday night’s inaugural balls, Melania Trump got her first opportunity as first lady to show off her fashion sense at a formal event. She wore an ivory column gown reportedly designed by the former creative director of Carolina Herrera, Herve Pierre. Celebrating the new president with a ball is a tradition that dates all the way back to our first president, when one was held in George Washington’s honor in New York City, according to the Joint Congressional Committee on Inauguration Ceremonies. It was not until 1809, however, that…

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Melania Trump’s ‘America First’ Inaugural Wardrobe

WASHINGTON — In the end, she checked every box. Elegant, unexpected dress? Check. Unknown designer elevated to overnight sensation? Check. New York brand? Check. Implicit message about cooperation and embracing the melting pot? Check. When Melania Trump took the stage with her husband, President Trump, on Friday night for the inaugural balls, she demonstrated that, while she may have been out of the spotlight since the election, she hasn’t been sticking her head in the sand. She has been closely studying the vernacular of first lady dress. In an architectural…

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Will Karl Lagerfeld or Ralph Lauren dress Melania Trump for the inauguration?

Who Melania wears at the inauguration on Friday will be as important, if not more so, than what she wears. There is little doubt that she will look polished, expensive and chic in her two outfits – a day outfit for the swearing-in, and a ballgown for evening. Anyone expecting an excess of cleavage or bling has not been paying attention to the makeunder (tone-it-down makeover, as also undergone by Kim Kardashian) that has seen Trump embrace a new look: neutrals (the camel coat she wore on election day), on-trend…

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100 years of First Lady fashion: What the Presidents’ wives wore to inaugural balls – and what it says about them

For a fledgling first lady there’s a lot riding on her inaugural gown. Obviously the name of the game is looking smoking hot. Hell, with the eyes of the world upon you, who wouldn’t want to be the belle of the Inaugural Ball? No one knows what Melania Trump will wear on Friday night, but we suspect she’ll have been planning her outfit ever since Trump won the presidency in November. But it’s not just as easy as choosing a pretty frock. The ball is the First Lady’s moment to…

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What’ll she be wearing? Inaugural fashion, politics are intertwined this time

NEW YORK — What’ll she be wearing? It’s a question that fascinates fashion-watchers — and lots of others — every four years: Which designer will the new U.S. first lady choose to wear on Inauguration Day and, more importantly, on Inauguration Night? This year, as never before, the question is a loaded one. Dressing the first lady has long been considered a great honour for a designer — and a huge business boon. But in an industry that leaned heavily toward Hillary Clinton, a number of designers have indicated they…

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