Mar-a-Lago was originally built by Marjorie Merriweather Post and opened for the 1927 winter season with 58 bedrooms and 33 bathrooms. When Post died, Mar-a-Lago was willed to the U.S. government. However, Mar-a-Lago’s high maintenance costs prompted the government to decline.
The estate was empty until Trump purchased it in 1985 for $10 million.
Mar-a-Lago now serves as an exclusive club with a $100,000 initiation fee and part-time residence for Trump.
There’s something about the way Michelle Obama carries herself that makes every skirt the right length, every neckline flattering and every color appropriate for the occasion. Last night was no different.
She rocked a custom-made, rose-gold Atelier Versace gown that would make anyone look twice.
At past state dinners, she complimented President Obama’s go-to black tuxedo and bow-tie with dark teals, purples and shades of ivory with a little sequin or sparkle here and there. But never something as dramatic as a draped gown made completely of chain-mail, a material of tiny interlinked metal rings.
It was daring and unforgettable.
Can we just coin the phrase ‘Presidential Glam’ as a look in honor of all the times our current First Lady walked into a room with her hair laid and outfit slayed? We don’t think she’d mind.
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?”
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.
Melania Trump will try to repair her husband’s basement-dwelling ratings with women tonight while also talking about her own immigrant experience, say RNC organizers.
As tonight’s convention headliner, Melania will likely try to bolster her husband’s claims that women love him despite polls that show Hillary Clinton has the lead among women voters 52 to 37 percent.
As she has in the past, Melania is likely to emphasize that when she immigrated from Slovakia in 1996 to future her modeling career, she played by the rules before becoming an American citizen in 2006.