First Lady of fashion! How Melania’s £130K wardrobe ensured she hit the right note on state visit

First Lady of fashion! How Melania dressed to impress in a stunning $165K wardrobe on the State Visit – and hit the right style note on every occasion

  • The First Lady, 49, stunned in Dior, Burberry Givenchy and Dolce and Gabbana
  • Outfit for visit to Churchil War Rooms estimated to have cost $72,100 (£56,750)
  • Struck right tone on all formal occasions, wowing in Dior gown for State Banquet
  • Looked sombre in black for D-Day anniversary commemorations in Normandy 

Politics may have been first and foremost on the agenda during the US State Visit, but Melania Trump used this trip to the UK to assert herself as the First Lady of fashion.

The 49-year-old has wowed on every public appearance, drawing on fashion powerhouses from Gucci to Dolce and Gabbana to ensure she struck the right tone for each occasion.

From the moment she stepped aboard Air Force One en route to London, wearing a $4,400 (£2,650) Gucci City Print Shirt Dress, it was clear the First Lady was determined to make a good impression. 

There was certainly no expense spared, with one outfit, worn on a visit to the Churchill War Rooms, totalling an eye-watering $72,100 (£56,750), largely thanks to a rare Hermes Birkin bag. Her entire week’s wardrobe cost $165,000 (£130,000).

To calculate the total cost, FEMAIL enlisted the help of celebrity stylist Lucas Armitage and Amber Gordon, founder of Tailored Styling, a personal shopper and styling firm which specialises in sourcing and buying luxury goods for high net worth clients.  

Using their previous experience Lucas and Amber estimated how much some of the more exclusive pieces cost. Other prices were available online.  

DEPARTURE: SUNDAY  

Departure: Melania Trump donned a $4,400 (£2,650) Gucci dress inspired by London’s most iconic sights as she departed for her visit to the UK, teamed with $665 (£495) Manolo Blahnik Nude Pumps and a Ralph Lauren belt

Melania and Donald Trump are seen disembarking from Marine One at Andrews Air Force Base on Sunday as they prepared head to the United Kingdom for a State Visit

Melania and Donald Trump are seen disembarking from Marine One at Andrews Air Force Base on Sunday as they prepared head to the United Kingdom for a State Visit 

Dress: Gucci City Print Shirt Dress, $4,400 (£2,650)

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik Nude Pumps, $665 (£495)

Belt: Ralph Lauren, price unknown

Outfit total: $4,000 (£3,145)

Amber said: ‘These Manolo Blahnik BB pumps are named after Brigitte Bardot and it’s actually my favourite pump in the slightly lower heel. 

‘They are super comfy in the 105; this one is 115 and really not easy to walk in!’

DAY ONE: MONDAY

OUTFIT ONE: ARRIVING AT STANSTED 

Day one, outfit one: Mrs Trump arrived in the UK wearing a $820 (£650) Burberry pussy-bow blouse - which is in the colours of the Union Jack. She paired the piece with a Michael Kors suit

Day one, outfit one: Mrs Trump arrived in the UK wearing a $820 (£650) Burberry pussy-bow blouse – which is in the colours of the Union Jack. She paired the piece with a Michael Kors suit

Mr Trump salutes servicemen and women who formed a guard of honour as he walked from his jumbo jet to his helicopter with his wife

Mr Trump salutes servicemen and women who formed a guard of honour as he walked from his jumbo jet to his helicopter with his wife

Blouse: Burberry Sleeveless Archive Print Pussy-Bow Blouse, £650 ($820)

Blazer: Michael Kors Stretch-Wool Blazer, $1,395 (£1,100)

Skirt: Michael Kors Gabardine Pencil Skirt, $650 (£490)

Shoes: Christian Louboutin So Kate Pumps, $695 (£550)

Outfit total: $3,560 (£2,790)

OUTFIT TWO: BUCKINGHAM PALACE AND WESTMINSTER ABBEY

Day one, outfit two: The First Lady channelled Princess Diana in a stunning Custom Dolce & Gabbana suit, estimated to have cost between $19,000-$25,000 (£15,000-£20,000) with Manolo Blahnik BB Pumps in Navy Suede which are priced at $665 (£495)

Day one, outfit two: The First Lady channelled Princess Diana in a stunning Custom Dolce & Gabbana suit, estimated to have cost between $19,000-$25,000 (£15,000-£20,000) with Manolo Blahnik BB Pumps in Navy Suede which are priced at $665 (£495)

The President and First Lady were officially welcomed to the UK by the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall

The President and First Lady were officially welcomed to the UK by the Queen, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall

Suit: Custom Dolce & Gabbana, est. $19,000-$25,000 (£15,000-£20,000)

Hat: Custom Hervé Pierre, price unknown  

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik BB Pumps in Navy Suede, $665 (£495)

Outfit total: $26,000 (£20,495)

Amber said: ‘I would estimate a a couture Dolce & Gabbana creation of this nature would cost between $19,000-$25,000 (£15,000-£20,000). With it being tailored exactly to your body, you’re paying for the exclusivity. 

‘It’s unlikely, given Melania is the First Lady, that Dolce & Gabbana will create another piece the same for anyone else. Even items in the couture shows, most brands will only allow one order per region so one order in the Middle East, one in USA, one in Europe etc. 

‘Imagine paying tens of thousands for an outfit and someone walks in wearing the same thing! I’ve been inundated with enquiries about this particular outfit and I really don’t think it’s going to be possible to have it recreated, even if a client is willing to pay.’

OUTFIT THREE: STATE BANQUET

Melania's gown cost around $31,800-$38,000 (£25,000 - £30,000), while the cost of her shoes, gloves and jewellery is unknown

Melania’s gown cost around $31,800-$38,000 (£25,000 – £30,000), while the cost of her shoes, gloves and jewellery is unknown 

The First Lady of he United States wore a beautiful white gown adapted from Dior's Spring 2019 collection to the state banquet in honour of her and her husband in Buckingham Palace

The First Lady of he United States wore a beautiful white gown adapted from Dior’s Spring 2019 collection to the state banquet in honour of her and her husband in Buckingham Palace

Gown: Dior custom gown adapted from Spring/Summer ’19 Haute Couture, est. $31,800-$38,000 (£25,000 – £30,000).

Outfit total: $31,800-$38,000 (£25,000-£30,000)

DAY TWO: TUESDAY

OUTFIT ONE: VISIT TO DOWNING STREET AND CHURCHILL WAR ROOMS

Day two, outfit one: Melania sported a Celine Trench Coat, estimated to cost between £5,000 and £6,000 ($6,350-$7,600) - but the big spend was her Hermes Birkin handbag, which  is worth around $63,500 (£50,000)

Day two, outfit one: Melania sported a Celine Trench Coat, estimated to cost between £5,000 and £6,000 ($6,350-$7,600) – but the big spend was her Hermes Birkin handbag, which  is worth around $63,500 (£50,000)

Simple yet sophisticated: Mrs Trump accessorised the coat with black point-toe heels and a black handbag, as pictured

The First Lady arriving at Downing Street today

Simple yet sophisticated: Mrs Trump accessorised her coat with black Manolo Blahnik BB Pumps, which cost around $950 (£750)

Keeping it classic: Melania Trump looked perfectly polished as she joined her husband at Downing Street

 Keeping it classic: Melania Trump looked perfectly polished as she joined her husband at Downing Street

Coat: Celine Trench Coat, est. $6,350-$7,600 (£5,000-£6,000)

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik BB Pump 115 in black water snake, est. $950 (£750)

Bag: Hermes Birkin 25 in black shiny Niloticus crocodile, est. $38,000/$63,500 (£30,000 retail/£50,000) resale 

Outfit total: $72,000 (£56,750)

Amber said: ‘This coat is ‘old Celine’ from when Pheobe Philo was creative director, so it’s very collectible.’ 

OUTFIT TWO: DINNER AT US AMBASSADOR’S RESIDENCE

Melania Trump appears to have used this trip to the UK as an opportunity to assert herself as the First Lady of fashion. Pictured in her red Givenchy gown with a price tag of $8,340 (£5,610)

Melania Trump appears to have used this trip to the UK as an opportunity to assert herself as the First Lady of fashion. Pictured in her red Givenchy gown with a price tag of $8,340 (£5,610)

Melania sat next to Philip May at the dinner held in honour of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall

Melania sat next to Philip May at the dinner held in honour of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall

Gown: Givenchy beaded wool-crepe and silk-chiffon gown, $8,340 (£5,610)

Outfit total: $8,300 (£5,610)

DAY THREE: WEDNESDAY 

OUTFIT: D-DAY COMMEMORATIONS IN PORTSMOUTH

The First Lady wore a coat from The Row's Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, estimated to cost around $6,300 (£5,000), along with a $1,100 (£900) Philip Treacy hat

The First Lady wore a coat from The Row’s Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, estimated to cost around $6,300 (£5,000), along with a $1,100 (£900) Philip Treacy hat

The First Lady was a vision in cream as she arrived in Portsmouth with her husband Donald Trump for the D-Day 75th anniversary commemorations

The First Lady was a vision in cream as she arrived in Portsmouth with her husband Donald Trump for the D-Day 75th anniversary commemorations

Coat: The Row’s Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, est. $6,300 (£5,000)

Hat: Philip Treacy, est. $1,100 (£900) 

Shoes: Jimmy Choo, est. $761 (£600)

Outfit total: $8,247 (£6,500)

DAY FOUR: THURSDAY

OUTFIT: D-DAY COMMEMORATIONS IN NORMANDY 

US First Lady Melania Trump wore a black Dior coat dress estimated to cost between $3,800-$5,000 (£3,000-£4,000) with $760 (£600) Roger Viver shoes as she disembarked from Air Force One after landing at the Caen-Carpiquet Airport in Normandy on Thursday

US First Lady Melania Trump wore a black Dior coat dress estimated to cost between $3,800-$5,000 (£3,000-£4,000) with $760 (£600) Roger Viver shoes as she disembarked from Air Force One after landing at the Caen-Carpiquet Airport in Normandy on Thursday

Brigitte Macron wore all white while First Lady Melania Trump wore black as they attended a French-American commemoration ceremony

Brigitte Macron wore all white while First Lady Melania Trump wore black as they attended a French-American commemoration ceremony

US president Donald Trump and his wife Melania walked to embark their helicopter after landing at the Caen-Carpiquet Airport in Carpiquet

US president Donald Trump and his wife Melania walked to embark their helicopter after landing at the Caen-Carpiquet Airport in Carpiquet

Coat: Dior coat dress, est. $3,800-$5,000 (£3,000-£4,000)

Shoes: Roger Vivier, est. $760 (£600)

Outfit total: $5,800 (£4,600)

TOTAL COST OF TOUR WARDROBE: £130,00 ($165,000)

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