Designer Hervé Pierre, whose gown was given to the Smithsonian today, has become the keeper of the first lady's aesthetic legacy.

U.S. first lady Melania Trump and fashion designer Herve Pierre view the display of her inaugural gown after presenting it to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, U.S., October 20, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Designer Hervé Pierre, whose gown was given to the Smithsonian today, has become the keeper of the first lady's aesthetic legacy.

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In some ways, the fans of the legendary French design house have a lot in common with Deadheads.

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First lady donates inaugural gown to Smithsonian

Melania Trump knew her inaugural gown would be part of history and she had a clear vision for her look, asking the designer for something “modern, sleek, light, unique and unexpected.”

A beautiful collection at Alexander McQueen was all about the illusion of effortlessness.

Some designers manage to give outdated looks new life. This one's just not going to happen.

Plus, unexpectedly fresh and gorgeous ideas for cargo pants, tank dresses and walking shorts.

No, really -- take a look. Designer Rei Kawakubo explored some interesting ideas with these voluminous gowns.

Shifts at legacy houses like Balenciaga and Givenchy should tell us something larger is happening in the culture.

Bold prints evoke the abstract shapes of nature. If only the runway show channeled the vast diversity of nature, too.

At a water-splashed show, designer Rick Owens turned women into walking, abstract sculptures.

The risks, and payoffs, of turning your fashion show into performance art, at Kenzo and Yang Li.

And with prairie-ish dresses and sort-of-gladiator boots, Natacha Ramsay-Levi makes new things that feel refreshingly familiar.

Dries Van Noten offers exuberant scarf prints, richly embellished dresses, pullovers as soft and large as a cloud.

Dresses from a deconstructed trench coat, eye masks as accessories. Listen, it's just plain fun, okay?

Boring black dresses and tacky, unflattering cuts from design houses that should know better.

A legendary house explodes the usual barriers with an open-air runway show in the heart of Paris.

At Paris fashion week, the storied house's clothes were rather childish, but lacking whimsy and delight.

Highlights include Marc Jacobs's abstract florals and turbans from no particular place. It was otherworldly meets real world.

The designer gravitates to easy, beachy glamour -- but suggests you try it in the boardroom, too.

His spring 2018 collection captured a mood that is hard to put into words.

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