Abigail Adams to Melania Trump: First lady inaugural gowns through history (31 images)

It's a tradition for the wives of U.S. presidents to donate their inauguration gowns to the Smithsonian for its exhibit at the National Museum of American History. First lady Melania Trump became the latest to join the tradition on Friday.

The "First Ladies at the Smithsonian" exhibit is among the most popular.
Updated: Oct. 21, 2017 at 11:09 AM
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First lady Melania Trump presents her inaugural gown to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History on Friday. Photo by Leigh Vogel/UPI
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Designer Herve Pierre said of being featured in the Smithsonian, "If someone had told me last year that one of my dresses would have been in the Smithsonian museum, I would have said, ‘Did you have too many vodka tonics at lunch?" Photo by Leigh Vogel/UPI
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Melania Trump dons the Herve Pierre creation at the Liberty Ball on Inauguration Day, January 20. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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The first couple appear at the Liberty Ball on the night of the inauguration. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
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First lady Michelle Obama wears Jason Wu to the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball on January 20, 2009, in Washington, D.C. File Pool Photo by Chip Somodevilla/UPI
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President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama attend the Biden Home States Ball in Washington, D.C., in 2009. File Pool Photo by Chip Somodevilla/UPI
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First lady Laura Bush wears a bright red and crystal-embroidered gown from Texan designer Michael Faircloth to the 2001 inaugural balls. Photo courtesy of the National Museum of American History