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TOPSHOT - Barron Trump (L), US First Lady Melania Trump and US President Donald Trump listen to the US national anthem during the Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Great Gatsby’

Melania Trump’s dress for White House Easter egg roll a departure from recent tradition

April 18, 2017

The first family took the spotlight at the 139th annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, and some in the media were wowed by first lady Melania Trump’s dress — described by New York Times fashion critic Vanessa Friedman as a “spun-sugar pink mid-calf sleeveless layered organza confection by Hervé Pierre”– and by President Donald Trump, whose mind appeared to wander during an important part of the event. (Perhaps he was mentally drafting his next tweet.)

Friedman noted that Melania’s choice of a dress — crafted by the same designer who made her inaugural ball gown — marked a departure from the informal manner by which the Obama administrations had treated the Easter Egg Roll. During Obama’s tenure, the president often went for a “modern” look without jacket or tie while first lady Michelle Obama often opted for pants in combination with a T-shirt or sweater. In wearing a literally one-of-a-kind dress just for the occasion, Friedman suggested that Melania’s dress signified “neither work nor play, but rather a Great Gatsby garden party.”

Of course, the first lady’s dress was not the only aspect of the Trump family’s appearance that had people on social media talking. A widely circulated video clip of the event showed the first lady giving the president a nudge during the national anthem as he stared absently into space. After the wake-up call from his dutiful wife, the president jumped slightly and quickly brought his hand to the place where it’s traditionally held during the national anthem — adjacent to one’s heart.

Read the full story at The New York Times and USA Today.


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