With the dramatic backdrop of the Blenheim Palace behind her, First Lady Melania Trump wore a stunning Grecian-goddess couture ball gown to a black-tie dinner Thursday on the opening evening of the Trumps’ first official visit to Britain.
The yellow chiffon, off-the-shoulder draped evening gown is from the French label J. Mendel. The designer is known for ultimate luxury when it comes to evening wear and is considered to be the first lady go-to designer when it comes to dressing up for a gala. The princess-style dress featured a wrapped bodice, floor-length pleats and a billowing cape that gave her a dramatic, yet delicate look.
Melania paired the ensemble with minimal jewelry and Manolo Blahnik silk duchess pumps in a matching nude color. As for her hair, the first lady opted to wear her hair down in a glamorous blowout.
The gown is from J. Mendel’s Spring 2018 ready-to-wear collection and looks similar to Princess Diana’s famous blue chiffon gown that she wore to the Cannes Film Festival in 1987. Both gowns feature a criss-cross bodice and flowing chiffon down their backs. It originally is sold in the color emerald, as the yellow version was designed only for the first lady retailed for $6,990 and was currently on sale for $2,996. However, the dress is now completely sold out.
According to WWD, Trump’s stylist, Herve Pierre, said the pale yellow shade was selected to “pay homage” to the queen, as it’s known to be a favorite of hers.
The evening reception was hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May, who donned a red sleeveless dress and matching LK Bennett kitten heels. The Trumps are joining Prime Minister May and other British business leaders at the black-tie dinner at the palace to kick off their visit to Britain.
After Melania debuted the gown, fashion-obsessed watchers compared the first lady’s candlelight-yellow silk chiffon dress to a Disney princess ‘Belle’ yellow dress wore to waltz with her prince from the movie Beauty and the Beast.
The Trumps are scheduled to meet Queen Elizabeth II Friday afternoon at Windsor Castle after President Trump meets with Prime Minister May in the morning.