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Melania Trump’s state dinner gown was reincarnated from a Chanel couture jumpsuit

For her inaugural state dinner as first lady, Melania Trump changed out of the supremely white Carmen Sandiego-meets-Bianca Jagger hat that puzzled the internet all day, and slipped into something a little more comfortable—namely, Chanel haute couture. A former fashion model, Melania is no stranger to the power of the fashion, which doesn’t entirely explain the hat, but it does explain the Chanel.

The guests of honor, of course, were French president Emmanuel Macron, and the French first lady Brigitte Macron. And it doesn’t get much more French than Chanel couture. The gown that Melania wore was made of Chantilly lace—a delicate lace that often consists of floral motifs, dating back to Chantilly, France in the 17th century—embroidered with lots and lots of silver sequins, beading, and hand-painting.

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