Melania Trump’s Stylist Just Explained Why He Took the Job
Melania Trump’s wardrobe choices have drawn a lot of criticism since the inauguration back in January. (She most recently pissed off Twitter users with the $2,950 Delpozo dress she wore for a U.N. speech this week.) Now the stylist responsible for some of her conversation-starting looks is opening up about styling a public figure whose fashion choices are always up for debate—and why he took a job with the Trump administration to begin with.
In a rare interview with The New York Times, designer Hervé Pierre cut right to the chase: He accepted the role of being Melania Trump’s stylist, and he doesn’t regret it. “The beauty of this country is it’s a democracy, so some people want to dress certain people and some people don’t want to. I choose to,” he said. “If you forget about the political, or whatever, that’s behind it, the needs are so interesting to answer.”
Pierre went on to clarify that he’s most concerned with crafting an identity for the First Lady through her clothes, despite the political views she’s associated with. “What interests me in this relationship is not just finding pretty clothes—a lot of people can do that,” he continued. “It’s more about the legacy of this woman. Everybody has a different reaction to what she’s wearing.”
The designer is aware that some of the outfits Melania has worn since President Donald Trump took office have garnered strong reactions online. (Manolos on the way to a disaster zone, anyone?) “Even if I’m not creating the clothes, it’s very creative to consider how it’s going to be perceived. And when you decide, you divide,” he explained. “I’m not always right. I make mistakes, and same for her. There’s no ‘How to Be the Perfect First Lady’ book. You learn on the spot.”
On the list of looks he does consider a hit, Pierre spoke fondly of the white dress that he designed for the Inauguration Ball; that occasion also happened to be the first time he met the First Lady. “It had to be really, really right because it was going to be part of history—part of this country’s history but also part of what I will have achieved on earth,” he told the Times of the floor-length cream gown. “I’ve designed thousands of dresses, but people will remember this one most particularly.”
Working for the Trumps isn’t Pierre’s first foray into political dressing. While at Oscar de la Renta, he worked on gowns for Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush when they resided in the White House; later, as the creative director at Carolina Herrera, he made dresses for Michelle Obama.
Overall, Pierre is most concerned with making sure that the First Lady stands out, even when she’s wearing pieces from known designers like Michael Kors or Dior: “I always ask: ‘Was it already on the red carpet? Did somebody already wear it?'” He sources her clothes from places like Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman. “I don’t want her to be on the ‘Who Wore It Better’ list,” he noted.
It’s true that Melania Trump’s looks have made a splash (for better or for worse) during her time in the White House. What her fashion legacy as First Lady will be, though, is yet to be seen.
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