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Melania Trump to donate inaugural gown to Smithsonian

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the Inaugural Ball on Jan. 20, 2017. (ABC News/MGN)

First Lady Melania Trump will donate the gown she wore to the inaugural balls in January to the Smithsonian this Friday.

The dress, designed by Herve Pierre, will join 26 other dresses worn by the wives of past presidents in the “The First Ladies” exhibition at the National Museum of American History.

According to the Smithsonian, the popular exhibition “explores the unofficial but important position of First Lady and the ways that different women have shaped the role to make their own contributions to the presidential administrations and the nation.”

The donation of the inaugural gown is a tradition that dates back to First Lady Helen Taft in 1912.

Trump’s vanilla silk crepe gown featured a slit skirt, ruffled accent trim, and a claret ribbon around the waist. The presentation of the dress, which Melania Trump and the designer are scheduled to attend, is set for 10 a.m. Friday at the museum.

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