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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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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