Melania Trump's stylist addresses claims of a 'hidden message' in her $2,390 SOTU outfit
The First Lady's stylist opens up about Melania's State of the Union dress, and what it does, or does not mean.
While the country is still digesting President Donald Trump's State of the Union address and its long-term implications for the future of the United States, the Internet is agog over FLOTUS sartorial choice.
First Lady Melania Trump's stylist Hervé Pierre has come forward to dispel the rumors and speculation over her outfit.
“I don’t think it’s very glamorous. It’s very sharp and straight to the point. There is no room for fluff or something cute. That is not the time that we are living in.”
AN ELEGANT AND SOBER DRESS TO REFLECT THE TIMES
According to Pierre, the First Lady's dress - a $2,390 creation by Burberry's - was selected for the SOTU in advance for the original January date.
The SOTU was rescheduled for February 6 by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi due to the government shutdown, but Melania stuck to her original choice which Pierre described as "sharp" with no "fluff."
So, Melania’s wearing one glove tonight? #SOTU19— Perri Konecky (@perrikon) February 6, 2019
A SHARPLY TAILORED MILITARY-INSPIRED OUTFIT
Unlike most of the women present in the House, Melania opted for a dark blue coat-dress. The closely fitted dress sported silver buttons and two patch pockets in a distinctly military look.
The First Lady wore black leather gloves, and that triggered yet more comments and controversy.
MELANIA TRUMP'S ONE BLACK GLOVE
The sight of the First Lady wearing one black glove set off an avalanche of speculation as to its meaning.
A direct link was made to Michael Jackson, and some surmised it was a tribute to the King of Pop. Michael Jackson's life and legacy have been questioned due to a recent viewing of a documentary, "Leaving Neverland," in which his purported sexual abuse of young boys was revealed.
TIFFANY TRUMP WORE WHITE
Pierre is adamant that the gloves have no particular meaning, and that the First Lady was carrying both gloves.
Pierre revealed that the First Lady had worn a white Dior pantsuit to the last SOTU, and had chosen a sober navy as a necessary change.
Tiffany Trump, Melania stepdaughter, wore white in clear support of the Suffragette tribute, and her sister Ivanka wore black.
I'm looking forward to wearing suffragette white to #SOTU next week with all @HouseDemWomen! We'll honor all those who came before us & send a message of solidarity that we're not going back on our hard-earned rights!https://t.co/CVPLLIunde— Rep. Lois Frankel (@RepLoisFrankel) January 30, 2019
WHY CONGRESSWOMEN WORE WHITE FOR SOTU
The majority of Democratic representatives in Congress on February 6, 2019, wore white for the President's State of the Union address.
They did so in response to an appeal by Rep. Lois Frankel in remembrance of the Suffragette Movement of the early 20th century through which women won the right to vote.
“We wanted to show all the young girls across the country, all the young women that the women’s rights movement hasn’t stopped, it’s continued and it’s now in the United States Congress."
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, accessorized her suffragette-white outfit in an unusual way.
Ocasio-Cortez had 3 pins on her elegant white cape, and the first showed her support for the Working Families Party, the second showed an image of Jakelin Caal Maquin, 7, a little Guatemalan girl who died of dehydration while in the custody of the US Government.
The third pin carried a message that most women could agree with:
"Well behaved women rarely make history."
Melania Trump might agree with that sentiment wholeheartedly.
In a related story, Donald Trump received a standing ovation during SOTU - including the white-garbed Democratic women.