Melania Trump made one of her first appearances since the Republican National Convention at Wednesday night’s Commander-In-Chief Forum, the Washington Post noted. While daughter Ivanka has been seen frequently on the campaign trail, Melania has been mostly mum since July.
The woman who may become First Lady is extremely private, as The Palm Beach Post’s Barbara Marshall reported. “It’s hard not to feel sorry for Melania Trump,” she wrote.
Jacqueline Kennedy’s 1961 inaugural gala gown: The first lady called this gown her favorite of all time. Made of opulent Swiss double satin, “there was almost a monastic cleanliness to it,” designer Oleg Cassini wrote in his book, “A Thousand Days of Magic.” “We talked about history and the message her clothes would send — simple, youthful but with a magisterial elegance.” Cassini added: “Simplicity is the key to perfection.
Melania Trump’s Republican National Convention speech dress: The former model chose this $2,190 dress by Roksanda Ilincic, a Serbian-born designer based in London, from net-a-porter.com. Notable for its sleeves and the zip up the back, the dress was figure-flattering but not overtly sexy. She chose a similar dress — an ivory Fendi with hand-embroidered mink and crystal detailing, also from net-a-porter — for a later convention appearance. Style expert Steven Stolman says Melania “understands the importance of telegenics and the message of consistency in dress.”
Hillary Clinton’s Democratic National Convention acceptance-speech pantsuit: The history-making Hillary chose a white pantsuit to deliver the most important speech of her political life. “Hillary Clinton absolutely sent a message with her choice of color, something she has done consistently throughout her career,” says style expert Steven Stolman. “It was a conscious, cerebral choice that exclaimed, ‘I come before you in good faith as a reflection of your hopes and dreams.’ Purity? Probably not. But clarity? Certainly.”
Marilyn Monroe’s white halter dress from “The Seven-Year Itch:” Considered the most famous movie dress of all time, this halter style by William Travilla — he called it “that silly little dress” — sold for $4.6 million in a 2011 auction. Travilla dressed Monroe in nearly a dozen movies. She wrote to him: “Billy Dear, please dress me forever. I love you, Marilyn.”
Sharon Stone’s “Basic Instinct” dress: The short white sheath Stone’s character, Catherine Tramell, wears in the interrogation scene famously revealed her most feminine parts. Costume designer Ellen Mirojnick designed it, saying: “Catherine was deliberately the icy blonde, similar to a Hitchcockian character.”
Michelle Obama’s 2009 inaugural gala gown: The first lady’s stunning white chiffon ball gown was designed by Jason Wu, a young designer who has remained one of her favorites. She wore a navy dress by Wu to a Canadian state dinner last spring.
Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia toga: White is Princess Leia’s go-to color, and she wears many white costumes in the “Star Wars” films. Why? White symbolizes goodness and light. Fisher said she had to tape down her breasts to wear the toga-like costume because lingerie would show. She joked: “As we all know, there is no underwear in space.”
Grace Kelly’s white sheath in “To Catch a Thief:” Designer Oleg Cassini was engaged to Kelly before she married Prince Rainier. He designed many outfits for her — including her dress with white collar for the “Rear Window” premiere — but this sheath was done by the film’s costume designer Edith Head. In creating “the Grace Kelly look,” Cassini said: “I put her in subdued, elegant dresses that set off her patrician good looks. I told her that her beauty should be set off like a great diamond, in very simple settings. The focus was always to be on her.”
Fay Wray’s torn slip in “King Kong:” If you’re going to be carried by Kong, you must wear a tattered white slip ensemble. The 1933 film scandalously revealed that Wray was braless, so censors forced a re-release. Wray herself chose her character’s blonde wig from the costume department. (Jean Harlow had turned the role down.)
Lupita Nyong’o’s 2015 Oscars gown by Calvin Klein: This dress has a story as dramatic as a movie plot. When Lupito wowed on the red carpet in the pearl dress, reports claimed it was worth between $150,000 and $10 million. It got stolen from her hotel, and the thief took two pearls to LA’s Garment District, where they were declared fake. So, he returned the dress. A Calvin Klein source reportedly told TMZ: “Did anyone ever say they were real from Calvin Klein? …Do they really make dresses out of real jewels since Cleopatra died?”
Donald Trump rallied the faithful with a rousing acceptance speech at Thursday night’s Republican National Convention. But we could have watched the speech with the sound off and been mesmerized by Mr. Mar-A-Lago‘s endless collection of facial expressions, tics and body language.
Our favorites (all photos from the Associated Press and Getty Images):
THE FRENCH KISS (a k a The Air Kiss): No Al and Tipper Gore liplock plagiarism between The Donald and Melania after the speech last night. Campaign Rule No. 1: Don’t muss the makeup.
THE PULL-DOWN: Throughout the speech, Trump would give his suit a quick downward adjustment and stand in a pre-emptive “Hail to The Chief” posture.
THE POINTER: Trump’s fascination with his fingers has been well-documented. Need we say more?
THE THUMBS-UP: See The Pointer above.
THE GREAT PROFILE (with The Thumbs Up): A two-fer. Throughout the speech he would turn in profile and admire the crowd as it admired him.
THE THIS-IS-YUGE!: Or the “Can You Believe It? I’m Gonna Be The President!”
Speaking to NBC’s Savannah Guthrie this morning, Trump’s oldest daughter said, “I’ve never spoken in a stadium like this, but really I just want to make sure I do a great job for him. So it’s a real honor and a privilege that he asked me to do this, and I think it’s a testament to him as a parent.”
Ivanka, 34, daughter of Trump’s first wife, Ivana, also said, “I’m really comfortable with my speech because it comes from my heart.”
“I love Melania so much and I am so proud of the job that she did,” Ivanka said. “She’s a very private person and for her to come out on that stage and speak from the heart and share her story about coming to this country.
“This is such a personal experience for her and she shared it in such a graceful and articulate way, so I am enormously impressed with her ability to do that and have great respect for it.”
During the campaign, Ivanka has often been the Trump family spokesperson since Melania prefers to remain in the background with her son, Baron.