Melania Trump wows in pure white at 2017 inaugural ball

Melania Trump continued her day of fashion home runs this evening as she joined her husband, President Donald Trump, at their first Inaugural Ball. Having made a stylish yet patriotic statement earlier today in pale blue Ralph Lauren, many commented that the First Lady channeled Jackie Kennedy.

Through the years, the inaugural ball gown chosen by the newly-elected President's wife has been watched, critiqued and -- mostly -- beloved. The highly anticipated look is quite often a statement from the first lady, and will speak to the platform her husband ran on, or the current state of affairs in the United States.

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U.S. President Donald J. Trump and first lady Melania Trump dance while attending the Inauguration Freedom Ball in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend the Liberty Inaugural Ball on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Liberty Ball is the first of three inaugural balls that President Donald Trump will be attending.

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at the Freedom Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center January 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C. President Trump was sworn today as the 45th U.S. President.

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump dance at the Freedom Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center January 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C. President Trump was sworn today as the 45th U.S. President.

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump dance at the Freedom Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center January 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C. President Trump was sworn today as the 45th U.S. President.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, dance their first dance as first couple to the song "My Way" at his "Liberty" Inaugural Ball in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump dance while attending the Inauguration Freedom Ball in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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Ivanka Trump dances with husband Jared Kurshner at the Liberty Inaugural Ball on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Liberty Ball is the first of three inaugural balls that President Donald Trump will be attending.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, along with the older Trump children and their spouses, attend the Liberty Ball in honor of his inauguration in Washington, U.S. January 20, 2017.

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Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner look back as they leave the Inauguration Freedom Ball in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump with Trump's daughter salute the crowd during the Freedom ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. 

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President Donald Trump dances with wife Melania Trump at the Liberty Inaugural Ball on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Liberty Ball is the first of three inaugural balls that President Donald Trump will be attending.

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US President Donald Trump speaks as first lady Melania Trump looks on during the Freedom Ball at the Washington DC Convention Center following Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, first lady Melania, arrive at the "Liberty" Inaugural Ball, in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife first lady Melania Trump gesture towards his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner as they dance their first dance as first couple to Frank Sinatra's song "My Way" at his "Liberty" Inaugural Ball in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife first lady Melania Trump arrive at his "Liberty" Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC January 20, 2016.

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US President Donald Trump and the first lady Melania Trump dance at the Liberty Ball at the Washington DC Convention Center following Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017.

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Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, dance along with U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, at the president's "Liberty" Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC January 20, 2017.

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend the Liberty Inaugural Ball on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Liberty Ball is the first of three inaugural balls that President Donald Trump will be attending.

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US President Donald Trump gestures as the first lady Melania Trump, Vice Presidant Mike Pence, his wife Karen and family look on at the Liberty Ball at the Washington DC Convention Center following Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife first lady Melania Trump arrive at his "Liberty" Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC January 20, 2016.

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US President Donald Trump and the first lady Melania Trump dance at the Liberty Ball at the Washington DC Convention Center following Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017. 

(Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife first lady Melania Trump gesture towards his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner as they dance their first dance as first couple to Frank Sinatra's song "My Way" at his "Liberty" Inaugural Ball in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

REUTERS/Brian Snyder

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend the Liberty Inaugural Ball on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Liberty Ball is the first of three inaugural balls that President Donald Trump will be attending.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, dance their first dance as first couple to Frank Sinatra's song "My Way" flanked by his son Eric and his daughter Ivanka and their spouses at his "Liberty" Inaugural Ball in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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US Vice President Mike Pence with his wife Karen and family leave his residence at the Naval Observatory to attend inaugural balls in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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US Vice President Mike Pence with his wife Karen and family leave his residence at the Naval Observatory to attend inaugural balls in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017.

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SEE ALSO: 50 years of First Ladies' style: Inaugural ball gowns through the years

We knew that she'd look incredible no matter what she wore, but Melania's gown, a custom piece that the office of the First Lady is calling a collaboration "designed by Hervé Pierre and Melania Trump," according to WWD, was the epitome of elegance. Pierre is the former creative director of Carolina Herrera, which he left last February.

A floorlength white off-the-shoulder gown with an asymmetrical ruffle, the dress had a high slit and showed quite a bit of leg. She showed off her slim waist with a skinny red belt. The first lady carried herself with grace, and looked lovely. There's no question, this is a woman who knows her own style, and what she likes when it comes to fashion.

It'll be fascinating to see how the first lady uses her position in the public eye to influence the fashion industry. Michelle Obama was known for supporting up and coming designers, having help to catapult Jason Wu into fame when she wore his dress in 2009. Will Melania attempt to do the same, or will she take a different approach to fashion?

There will be three inaugural balls this evening, and Mr. and Mrs. Trump will stop by each of them. Part of the tradition and pageantry of Inauguration day, the glitz and glamour will continue throughout the weekend.

Click through above to see more of Melania's dress from the inaugural ball, and click through below to see first ladies' inaugural gown choices over the last 50 years.

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First ladies style: Inaugural ball gowns through the years
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1957: Mamie Eisenhower

First Lady Mamie Eisenhower as she poses in her inauguration gown, which was just off the shoulder and beautifully embellished.

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1961: Jacqueline Kennedy

President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy attend the inaugural. Jackie's dress and coat were both pure white, designed in collaboration with Ethel Frankau of Bergdorf's Custom Salon. 

(Photo courtesy of Kennedy Library Archives/Newsmakers)

1961: Jacqueline Kennedy

More detail of the First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy's dress as she stands chatting with her brother-in-law, actor Peter Lawford. 

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1965: Lady Bird Johnson

President Lyndon Johnson dancing with his wife Lady Bird at his inaugural ball. She wore a dress and coat with fur trim by John Moore.

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1969: Pat Nixon

Pat Nixon wearing the Harvey Berin gown that she wore to the Inaugural Ball in Washington on January 20th. The mimosa yellow gown is double-faced silk satin. The petite jacket and small waisted gown with its bell-shaped skirt is embroidered with Byzantine scrolls of gold and silver bouillon and embellished with hand set Swarovski jewels in jonquil and crystal.

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1973: Pat Nixon

First Lady Pat Nixon's 1973 inaugural ballgown, designed by Adele Simpson of New York, is a princess gown in turquoise blue silk organza over turquoise and silver silk lame. She also wore a short white Emba Jasmine mink jacket designed by Leo Ritter of Ritter Brothers, Ben Thylan.

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1977: Rosalynn Smith Carter
President and Mrs. Carter are all smiles as they step out on the dance floor at the Mayflower Hotel during his Inaugural Ball. Rosalynn Carter's inaugural gown held strong significance that year, as she'd chosen to re-wear a dress she had worn before, rather than buy something new. It was seen as a nod to the number of Americans struggling in a down-turned economic climate. 
1981: Nancy Reagan

The Reagan Inaugural Ball is said to be the most extravagant of all -- and there were quite a few different celebrations. First Lady Nancy Reagan wore a one-shouldered embellished James Galanos gown.

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1985: Nancy Reagan

For her husband's second Inaugural Ball, Nancy Reagan again chose a white James Galanos gown, though this time the embellished piece featured long sleeves. 

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1989: Barbara Bush

In 1989, First Lady Barbara Bush wore a gown by Arnold Scaasi. The designer reportedly called the dress's color "Barbara Blue."

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1993: Hillary Clinton

U.S. President Bill Clinton twirls First Lady Hillary Clinton during an onstage dance in 1993. Hillary wore a dazzling purple gown by Sarah Phillips.  

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1997: Hillary Clinton

For the Inaugural Ball of Clinton's second term, the First Lady wore a gorgeous high-necked gown by Oscar de la Renta.

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2001: Laura Bush

George Bush and his wife Laura Bus were scheduled to attend eight presidential Inaugural Balls in 2001. For the first, Laura chose a bright red gown by Dallas designer Michael Faircloth.

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2005: Laura Bush

For President Bush's second Inaugural Ball in 2005, First Lady Laura Bush chose this gorgeous sparkling gown by Oscar de la Renta.

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2009: Michelle Obama

Widely regarded as one of the most successful Inaugural Ball gowns in history due to its strong attachment to Barack Obama's platform of hope, Michelle Obama chose Jason Wu for her husband's first inauguration.

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2013: Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama chose Jason Wu again for the 2013 inauguration of President Obama, and positively shined in the bright red gown.

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