First Lady Melania Trump, alongside President Trump touched down in India Monday morning, receiving a festive welcome as they stepped off Air Force One.
For the iconic state visit, Melania wore an elegant custom white jumpsuit from Atelier Caito for Herve Pierre. Designed by her stylist Hervé Pierre, the white jumpsuit features a green silk and gold metallic thread sash around the waistline. The sash was inspired from Indian 20th century textiles. On Instagram, Pierre wrote that he found the “vintage piece” sash in Paris.
The jumpsuit, according to Pierre was a specific request from Melania for her state visit to India. She already own the jumpsuit in black and she asked him to make this one in creme. The black jumpsuit Pierre is talking about is the one Melania wore in November for the National Medal of Arts ceremony in the White House. It is unknown the price of the jumpsuit since it was custom made.
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Arriving in India, the First Lady #flotus is wearing a white jumpsuit from @atelier_caito_for_herve_pierre in crème crêpe . The sash was cut in an early XX century Indian textile documents I found in Paris through very good friends who are collectors. @herve_pierre_creative_director . The sash is made out of green silk and gold metallic thread . We used the border which was the most Interesting piece we could use as it was a vintage piece .
As for footwear, Melania sported a white pumps from Manolo Blahnik. These pointed stilettos retail for $665 and is available for purchase at Neiman Marcus.
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Upon their arrival, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on hand to greet the first couple in a red carpet event as a group of dancers in colorful ensembles danced to the live music and beat of the drum. Indian officials named the visit “two dynamic personalities, one momentous occasion.”
In their first stop in India, President Trump and Melania joined Modi for a visit to the home of Mohandas Gandhi, where the Trumps spent time learning about the life of the famed independence leader. The first couple removed their shoes for the tour of the small complex and donned a prayer shawl. President Trump was seen holding a string while Modi explained how to use the charkha, a traditional spinning wheel used by Gandhi and its historic importance. After, the president signed the visitors book, writing “To my great friend Prime Minister Modi — Thank you for this wonderful visit!”
Following the visit to Gandhi home, the Trumps alongside Modi headed to the massive rally that was held at Sardar Patel Stadium, the biggest cricket stadium in the world. Thousands lined the street in Ahmedabad with many cheering Trump and waving American and Indians flags as the motorcade drove to the stadium. Large billboards were spread throughout the route showing Modi alongside Trump and his wife Melania. The 110,000 stadium was filled to capacity for the rally, titled “Namaste Trump,” which translates to “Greetings Trump.”
As Modi and Trump came out on stage, the song “Macho Man” by the Village People was heard playing in the stadium. Shortly after each country’s national anthem played, Modi began speaking to the crowd about shared values and ideas. He also praised Melania’s signature ‘Be Best’ initiative in his remarks.
“First Lady Melania Trump, your presence here is a great honor for us,’ Modi said as the crowd cheered. ‘Your efforts for building a healthy America are yielding good results. What you are doing for children in society is praise worthy.”
President Trump thanked the Indian people for its warm welcome, adding that he and Melania would remember the hospitality given and praised Modi’s leadership.
“The First Lady and I have just traveled 8,000 miles around the globe to deliver a message to every citizen across this nation: America loves India, America respects India, and America will always be faithful and loyal friends to the Indian people,” Trump said during his 30 minute remark. “To the hundreds of thousands of everyday citizens who have come out and lined the streets in a stunning display of Indian culture and kindness, and to the 125,000 people in this great stadium today, thank you for the spectacular welcome to your magnificent country. Melania and my family, we will always remember this remarkable hospitality. We will remember it forever.”
He announced the U.S. and India would sign a defense deal for New Delhi to purchase more than $3 billion in American helicopters and other military equipment.
“I am pleased to announce that tomorrow our representatives will sign deals to sell over $3 billion in the absolute finest, state-of-the-art military helicopters and other equipment to the Indian armed forces,” Trump said. “I believe that the United States should be India’s premier defense partner, and that’s the way it’s working out. Together, we will defend our sovereignty, security, and protect a free and open Indo-Pacific region for our children and for many, many generations to come.
Both leaders are expected to discuss stalled trade talks between the two nations. A trade war erupted between the two nations after the president levied tariffs on steel and aluminum, as well as stripped the country of its preferential export status. India responded with higher tariffs on agricultural goods and restrictions on U.S. medical devices.
Trump briefly teased in his remarks that both nations are in the “early stages” for an “incredible trade agreement.
“Over the course of my visit, Prime Minister Modi and I will also discuss our efforts to expand the economic ties between our two countries. We will be making very, very major, among the biggest ever made trade deals,” Trump said. “We are in the early stages of discussion for an incredible trade agreement to reduce barriers of investment between the United States and India.
“And I am optimistic that, working together, the Prime Minister and I can reach a fantastic deal that’s good and even great for both of our countries,” Trump said, adding “Except that he’s a very tough negotiator.”
To cap off their first day in India, both Melania and President Trump visited the Taj Mahal in Agra Monday evening. The first couple held hands staring at the tomb as they posed for photos. Melania told reporters during the stop as the sun began to set on the famous monument saying it was “lovely, beautiful.”
“It’s incredible, truly incredible,” Trump said. “Really incredible, an incredible place.”
Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner were also on hand for the last visit of the famous attraction, as both were also seen taking photos in front of the tomb.
President Trump signed the Taj Mahal visitor book, writing “Taj Mahal inspires awe, a timeless testament to the rich and diverse beauty of Indian culture! Thank you, India.”
On Tuesday, Melania will join the president for various parts of day two of their visit, including a stop at the American Embassy to greet staff and a state dinner at the presidential palace. She is also scheduled to participate in a solo visit to a school to see the curriculum that is considered to be unique.