First Lady Melania Trump wore a $3,800 white Alexander McQueen dress to President Donald Trump’s July 4th event at Mt. Rushmore Friday night. The dress featured black line art, prompting many on Twitter to make the same joke about the president taking a Sharpie pen to the dress. The choice of attire was a reference to the infamous “Sharpie Gate” from last year when a Sharpie pen was used to alter a Hurricane Dorian map to falsely show Alabama as part of the “cone of uncertainty.”
The McQueen dress is part of the designer’s Spring 2020 collection, reports Paper Magazine. The dress, based on designs created by students at Central Saint Martins in London, was hand-embroidered and stitched on an ivory linen dress by the entire McQueen staff. The Stitch School provided McQueen’s London and Paris teams with tables and looms so everyone could contribute to the design. It is available from McQueen’s website for $3,840.
This was not the first time Trump wore an Alexander McQueen outfit. In December, Trump wore a McQueen black and white houndstooth jacket when visiting students at a Salvation Army center in London during President Trump’s overseas trip, reports Hello Magazine. In October 2017, she wore a McQueen dress when the president welcomed Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to the White House.
— Dan Pereira (@ddanpereira) July 4, 2020
During President Trump’s Mount Rushmore speech, he vowed to protect statues from being destroyed, claiming there is a “left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution” and they want to “tear down every statue, symbol, and memory of our national heritage.” He also signed an executive order calling for the building of a National Garden of American Heroes featuring more statues of important Americans. “Those who seek to erase our heritage want Americans to forget our pride and our great dignity, so that we can no longer understand ourselves or America’s destiny,” Trump said.