Both Melania Trump and step-daughter Ivanka Trump chose Hispanic designers for of their clothing worn during the events surrounding Inauguration Day. The 46-year-old wife of Donald Trump, a former model, chose to wear a black knee-length coat designed by Norisol Ferrari to wear on a visit to Arlington National Cemetery on January 19 when her husband paid his respects to the honored dead buried there.
Ferrari is an American citizen of Colombian and Venezuelan ancestry whose father is a combat-disabled veteran. She strongly disagreed with designers and artists who refused to have anything to do with the Inauguration after citing their differences with Trump’s policies and politics. Ferrari told Women’s Wear Daily, “God, I hope we can be a less angry nation.” Saying she is “absolutely opposed to discrimination in any way,” Ferrari said she wanted to give Melania Trump “her own voice.”
The American designer, who was born in the United States and is of Colombian and Venezuelan descent, said she was “honored” to dress Melania Trump, who will on Friday become only the second foreign-born first lady in US history. “Mrs Trump’s visit to Arlington was particularly poignant for me, as my biological father is a wounded veteran. His experience and the lifelong disabilities he sustained, affected my family deeply,” she told WWD.
“I’m an independent designer, female-owned business, a first-generation minority woman,” she told Women’s Wear Daily. Women in general don’t get opportunities like this in fashion. I’m very fortunate to one have such a beautiful muse.”
As for Trump’s daughter, the 35-year-old Ivanka wore an outfit that is reportedly designed by Carolina Herrera, who was born and bred in Venezuela before installing herself in the United States as one of the premier designers in the country.