Melania Trump made her debut on the India tour with a stunningly simple creme crepe jumpsuit by French-American designer Herve Pierre. The First Lady completed the outfit with a green sash featuring fold metallic thread works tied fashionably around her waist. Mr Pierre revealed on Twitter the sash was obtained from Indian textile documents produced in the early 20th century and added to the final ensemble to add in a touch of colour and a vintage vein to the look.
Writing on his Instagram account, the French-American designer said: “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.”
FLOTUS later added a ceremonial scarf to her outfit after Indian President Narendra Modi gifted both Melania and President Trump the garment during their visit to the house of Mahatma Gandhi in the suburbs of Ahmedabad.
The First Lady and the US President landed at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad on Monday morning, where President Modi welcomed the couple before launching on a 22-km-long roadshow to Gandhi’s home.
The couple continued the first day of their whirlwind 36-hour tour with a visit to the Taj Mahal before carrying out several engagements and meetings in Dehli.
The US President and the First Lady were accompanied to India by special advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.
President Trump and President Modi also held a rally together during which the two leaders, who are expected to strengthen the links between the US and India with a new trade deal, lavished praises on each other.
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During a 27-minute-long speech at Sardar Patel Stadium, the US President announced plans for a new $3bn defence deal with India.
President Trump said: “I believe the United States should be India’s premier defence partner.
“I am optimistic that working together, the prime minister and I can reach a fantastic deal that is good and even great for both of our countries.
“Except that he’s a very tough negotiator.”
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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 .
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The First Lady will also be carrying out engagements of her own, including the visit of a Government-run school in Dehli later in the visit.
But the decision of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Deputy Manish Sisodia not to accompany the First Lady to avoid “politicising” the event.
A US Embassy spokesperson said: “While the US embassy had no objection to the presence of the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister, we appreciate their recognition that this is not a political event and that it is best to ensure that the focus is on education, the school, and the students.”
According to NDTV, Mr Sisodia said he respected the concerns made by the US.
He said: “Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and I would have loved to personally receive the First Lady to the Delhi Government school and brief her about the concept of Happiness Classes and the positive impact that it has had on students, during her visit to the classrooms.
“However, certain concerns were expressed by the US embassy regarding CM and Deputy CM accompanying the First Lady during the school visit.”
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