Skip To Content
The Schmooze

Will Melania Trump’s Inauguration Dress Be Designed by This Clinton Supporter?

Rumor has it that Ralph Lauren may be dressing Melania Trump for inauguration.

According to Women’s Wear Daily, the 77-year-old fashion designer is working on a number of ensemble pieces for the future first lady. Lauren, who was a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton, is reportedly designing a gown and a selection of outfits for the former model to wear throughout inauguration festivities, as well as a few additional pieces for the Trump family.

Karl Lagerfeld is also rumored to be designing inauguration outfits for Mrs. Trump.

This won’t be the first time Trump has worn a Lauren-designed ensemble. She infamously donned a black “pussybow” jumpsuit by the designer to the third presidential debate, just days after Donald Trump’s “grab them by the pussy” audio was leaked. The future first lady also wore a Ralph Lauren white one-shoulder jumpsuit on election night.

There have been mixed reactions from A-list fashion designers on whether they would dress Melania Trump. Marc Jacobs, Derek Lam, and Tom Ford have all said they are opposed to the idea, while Tommy Hilfiger and Diane von Furstenberg have said they would.

“Melania deserves the respect of any first lady before her. Our role as part of the fashion industry is to promote beauty, inclusiveness, diversity,” Furstenberg told WWD. “We should each be the best we can be and influence by our example.”

Thea Glassman is an Associate Editor at the Forward. Reach her at [email protected]

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning journalism this Passover.

In this age of misinformation, our work is needed like never before. We report on the news that matters most to American Jews, driven by truth, not ideology.

At a time when newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall. That means for the first time in our 126-year history, Forward journalism is free to everyone, everywhere. With an ongoing war, rising antisemitism, and a flood of disinformation that may affect the upcoming election, we believe that free and open access to Jewish journalism is imperative.

Readers like you make it all possible. Right now, we’re in the middle of our Passover Pledge Drive and we need 500 people to step up and make a gift to sustain our trustworthy, independent journalism.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Our Goal: 500 gifts during our Passover Pledge Drive!

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.