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Melania Trump Wears Dolce & Gabbana for Official Portrait - Vanessa Friedman - ON THE RUNWAY APRIL 4, 2017 This week, the White House released the first official portrait of the first lady, Melania Trump, currently displayed on her government web page. Though the picture at first seems bland enough, it is worth a second look — both for the image itself and for what Mrs. Trump chose to wear to represent the country for posterity.
A black tuxedo jacket with a foulard around her throat. From Dolce & Gabbana.
The White House declined to confirm or name the designer of the jacket Mrs. Trump is wearing, but Stefano Gabbana posted the official portrait on his Instagram feed with the words #DGwoman, #MelaniaTrump Thank you, and #MadeinItaly. The jacket, it turns out, is one of Dolce & Gabbana’s signature pieces.
It’s a surprising choice, not only because the official portrait is an occasion that has been considered an opportunity to promote national industry (as opposed to Italian industry) or because it seems to undermine her husband’s mission to get everyone to “buy American,” but also because it confuses what is otherwise a pretty straightforward visual message.
Taken by Regine Mahaux, a Belgian photographer who has worked with the first family for the past five years (her photographs of President and Mrs. Trump have appeared on the covers of Us Weekly, French Vanity Fair, Paris Match and Russian Tatler), the portrait depicts Mrs. Trump with her arms crossed and the beginnings of a smile on her face in front of a large decorative window in “her new residence at the White House.” Along with the jacket, she is wearing an emerald-cut diamond ring on one hand (this has been identified, variously, as 15 carats, 24 carats and 25 carats, so suffice it to say: It’s very big) and a diamond band on the other.
Her hair is loose. Her makeup is neutral. The focus is soft. She looks expensive and professional, less as if she is saying, “Hey, welcome to the people’s house!” than, “This is a job, and I am ready for it.” The styling and setting create something of a riposte, in other words, to the suggestion that she has been, and may continue to be, a bit of an absentee first lady. They perpetuate the Trump narrative of winning and wealth and aspiration — despite the president’s assurances to working men and women that he feels their pain. And the symbols do so while visually at least placing Mrs. Trump pretty carefully in the traditional continuum of her predecessors.
She is wearing black, as Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton did. She is in a suit, like Laura Bush and Mrs. Clinton were. She is posed in front of the same window as Nancy Reagan in an early official White House photograph, and like Mrs. Reagan is wearing a bow of sorts around her neck. So far, so safe.
Admittedly, Mrs. Trump has eschewed the more relaxed attitude of Mrs. Obama and the usual flowers that often have peeked out from one side of the frame (flowers play a big part in first lady portraiture, perhaps because they are seen as included in the unofficial job description). And though the internet has gone into something of a frenzy, as the internet tends to do when it comes to anything Trump, over the apparent amount of airbrushing, the extent to which her facial lines have been erased is not really all that different from what came before.
It’s the brand that the digital squawkers should be focusing on.
This is not the first time Mrs. Trump has worn Dolce & Gabbana (she chose a black dress by the brand at the Mar-a-Lago New Year’s Eve party, causing another brouhaha), nor is it the first time she has worn a European label since her husband made his inaugural pledge to buy American. (She wore Givenchy and Christian Dior to events at Mar-a-Lago in February.) But this time she has worn a non-American brand on an occasion that has the sole purpose of immortalizing a public representation of her role.
Maybe she is making a subtle statement about the global nature of the world and the antiquated nature of that particular unspoken political rule. Maybe she is saying: I’ll play this part, but only up to a point. Maybe it was just a jacket she has owned for a while and wears when she wants to feel secure, so she shopped her closet to be her best self. Maybe she and others hoped no one would find out who made the jacket if the White House didn’t release the name of the designer — or that no one would care.
We don’t know because Mrs. Trump’s director of communications said the first lady’s office had no further statement about the portrait or the choices involved, besides the official quotation that came with the release: “I am honored to serve in the role of first lady and look forward to working on behalf of the American people over the coming years.” The problem is, while sometimes a jacket is only a jacket, given the context, this particular official image is not one of those times.
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A black tuxedo jacket with a foulard around her throat.
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From Dolce & Gabbana.
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Her hair is loose.
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Her makeup is neutral.
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The focus is soft.
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She is wearing black, as Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton did.
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She is in a suit, like Laura Bush and Mrs. Clinton were.
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So far, so safe.
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It’s the brand that the digital squawkers should be focusing on.
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Maybe she is saying: I’ll play this part, but only up to a point.
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Melania Trump Wears Dolce & Gabbana for Official Portrait - Vanessa Friedman - ON THE RUNWAY APRIL 4, 2017
This week, the White House released the first official portrait of the first lady, Melania Trump, currently displayed on her government web page. Though the picture at first seems bland enough, it is worth a second look — both for the image itself and for what Mrs. Trump chose to wear to represent the country for posterity.
A black tuxedo jacket with a foulard around her throat. From Dolce & Gabbana.
The White House declined to confirm or name the designer of the jacket Mrs. Trump is wearing, but Stefano Gabbana posted the official portrait on his Instagram feed with the words #DGwoman, #MelaniaTrump Thank you, and #MadeinItaly. The jacket, it turns out, is one of Dolce & Gabbana’s signature pieces.
It’s a surprising choice, not only because the official portrait is an occasion that has been considered an opportunity to promote national industry (as opposed to Italian industry) or because it seems to undermine her husband’s mission to get everyone to “buy American,” but also because it confuses what is otherwise a pretty straightforward visual message.
Taken by Regine Mahaux, a Belgian photographer who has worked with the first family for the past five years (her photographs of President and Mrs. Trump have appeared on the covers of Us Weekly, French Vanity Fair, Paris Match and Russian Tatler), the portrait depicts Mrs. Trump with her arms crossed and the beginnings of a smile on her face in front of a large decorative window in “her new residence at the White House.”
Along with the jacket, she is wearing an emerald-cut diamond ring on one hand (this has been identified, variously, as 15 carats, 24 carats and 25 carats, so suffice it to say: It’s very big) and a diamond band on the other.
Her hair is loose. Her makeup is neutral. The focus is soft. She looks expensive and professional, less as if she is saying, “Hey, welcome to the people’s house!” than, “This is a job, and I am ready for it.”
The styling and setting create something of a riposte, in other words, to the suggestion that she has been, and may continue to be, a bit of an absentee first lady. They perpetuate the Trump narrative of winning and wealth and aspiration — despite the president’s assurances to working men and women that he feels their pain. And the symbols do so while visually at least placing Mrs. Trump pretty carefully in the traditional continuum of her predecessors.
She is wearing black, as Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton did. She is in a suit, like Laura Bush and Mrs. Clinton were. She is posed in front of the same window as Nancy Reagan in an early official White House photograph, and like Mrs. Reagan is wearing a bow of sorts around her neck. So far, so safe.
Admittedly, Mrs. Trump has eschewed the more relaxed attitude of Mrs. Obama and the usual flowers that often have peeked out from one side of the frame (flowers play a big part in first lady portraiture, perhaps because they are seen as included in the unofficial job description). And though the internet has gone into something of a frenzy, as the internet tends to do when it comes to anything Trump, over the apparent amount of airbrushing, the extent to which her facial lines have been erased is not really all that different from what came before.
It’s the brand that the digital squawkers should be focusing on.
This is not the first time Mrs. Trump has worn Dolce & Gabbana (she chose a black dress by the brand at the Mar-a-Lago New Year’s Eve party, causing another brouhaha), nor is it the first time she has worn a European label since her husband made his inaugural pledge to buy American. (She wore Givenchy and Christian Dior to events at Mar-a-Lago in February.) But this time she has worn a non-American brand on an occasion that has the sole purpose of immortalizing a public representation of her role.
Maybe she is making a subtle statement about the global nature of the world and the antiquated nature of that particular unspoken political rule. Maybe she is saying: I’ll play this part, but only up to a point. Maybe it was just a jacket she has owned for a while and wears when she wants to feel secure, so she shopped her closet to be her best self. Maybe she and others hoped no one would find out who made the jacket if the White House didn’t release the name of the designer — or that no one would care.
We don’t know because Mrs. Trump’s director of communications said the first lady’s office had no further statement about the portrait or the choices involved, besides the official quotation that came with the release: “I am honored to serve in the role of first lady and look forward to working on behalf of the American people over the coming years.”
The problem is, while sometimes a jacket is only a jacket, given the context, this particular official image is not one of those times.