Melania Trump's first lady style memorialized beside Michelle Obama and Jackie Kennedy

Melania Trump’s impeccable first lady style has been memorialized in history. Since her husband won the presidential election nearly a year ago, Donald Trump’s wife has quickly joined the ranks of first lady style icons. On Friday, the 47-year-old donated one of her most memorable looks, her inaugural balls gown, to the National Museum of American History’s famed “First Ladies Collection” exhibit. Melania’s elegant off the shoulder column gown by Hervé Pierre was put on display at the exhibit that features 26 dresses worn by former first ladies, including Michelle Obama and Jackie Kennedy.

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  melania-trump-herve-gownVIEW GALLERY The first lady donated her gown designed by Hervé Pierre Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump’s wife, accompanied by designer Hervé, attended the gown presentation ceremony on October 20 at the Smithsonian museum. “Today is such an honor as I dedicate my inaugural couture piece to the First Ladies exhibit at the National Museum of American History,” Melania said in a statement. “In addition to celebrating fashion, which is something I have loved since I was a small child, there is no better way to memorialize such a special evening, and new chapter in the life of our family.”

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Barron Trump’s mother delivered remarks at the ceremony, revealing that Hervé had a limited amount of time to design the iconic gown. “To be honest, what I would wear to the inaugural ball was the last thing on my mind,” the first lady confessed. "In fact, by the time I got around to thinking about my wardrobe choice — poor Hervé was given only two weeks to design and produce this couture piece." "It is now my hope that this piece is one of the many great beginnings to our family's history here in Washington, D.C.," she added. "The president, Barron, and I love living here.”

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melania-trump-first-ladies-exhibitVIEW GALLERY Melania Trump donated her couture gown to the National Museum of American History’s famed “First Ladies Collection” exhibit Photo: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

Hervé said in a statement that it was an “honor” to collaborate on the inaugural gown with Melania. He stated, “This has truly been a wonderful journey – from the extraordinary collaboration, to creating the piece, to seeing her wear it on an historic night, and now having it preserved in history forever in such an iconic exhibit—is something I will always cherish. ”

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In an interview with WWD, the designer said, “As a foreigner who became an American, to have your gown put in the Smithsonian Museum is a big huge honor. I got chills.” Recalling the first lady in her gown on inauguration night, Hervé revealed, “The President walked in and saw her for the first time. He said, ‘Whoa, that’s really gorgeous.’”

melania-donald-trump-ballVIEW GALLERY The first lady wore the gown on January 20 to her husband's inaugural balls Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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The fashion designer, who previously served as the creative director for Carolina Herrera, is proud to have left his mark on American history. “Suddenly on my own I’m able to get a dress in this museum, part of the history of fashion. I’m not going to lie: I’m enjoying it tremendously,” he said. “When you are on Earth, it is important to leave a little mark. My name will be in the museum forever. I’m not a painter. That will be the only thing I have in the museum but it is part of American history. That means the world to me because I have worked and lived in this country for 22 years.”

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