"Since then, it's become the custom for the Smithsonian to make the donation request, and for the first lady to give her gown for the public to view", Graddy said.
On Friday, Melania Trump appeared at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History to donate her inaugural ball gown to their First Ladies Collection.
The gown, designed by Herve Pierre in collaboration with Trump, featured a slit skirt, ruffled accent trim from the neckline to the hem and a claret ribbon around the waist. She added that Pierre only had two weeks to design the gown.
'I was so pleased with our end result and it is now my hope that this piece is one of the many great beginnings to our family's history here in Washington, D.C.,' she said.
Pierre attend the event along with 200 other guests at the National Museum of American History.
The exhibit features the collection of 26 dresses, including those worn by Jacqueline Kennedy, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama, and more than 160 other objects.
Trump said after her husband was elected, the family was so busy with the transition that "to be honest what I would wear to the inaugural ball was the last thing on my mind".
Melania Trump has a smaller group of aides compared to her predecessor, former First Lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama criticizes lack of diversity in politics: one side is "all white, all men" Obama interrupts Michelle's appearance with 25th anniversary tribute Michelle Obama: Young people feel what's happening now "not what they were taught" MORE, according to the news outlet's analysis of White House personnel reports.
And in July, at a private Eiffel Tower dinner with President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, in Paris, Pierre designed a red, white and blue dress with embellishments on the bodice meant to represent wheat.
Trump told the story of the gown's origin.
Pierre, who also was at the ceremony, said it was an honor to work with her on the dress.