Melania Trump donates her inaugural gown to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

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First lady, Melania Trump has donated her inaugural ballgown to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Melania Trump

“To be honest, what I would wear to the inaugural ball was the last thing on my mind. This piece is one of the many new beginnings of our family’s history here in Washington. The President, Barron and I all love it here,” she said at the event.

Lisa Kathleen Graddy, curator of the Smithsonian’s First Ladies Collection exhibition, said the tradition began with Helen Taft in 1912. “Since then, it’s become the custom for the Smithsonian to make the donation request, and for the first lady to give her gown for the public to view,” Graddy said.

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