Acknowledging a recent report that the Donald Trump-backed political action committee Save America paid him $60,000, former Melania Trump stylist Herve Pierre says it was not fashion-related , nor to any service rendered during the years at the White House.
USA Today reported Aug. 6 that Federal Election Commission records show Save America paid Pierre $60,000 in four installments between April 7 and June 24 for “strategy consulting.” The outlet and some of the others who followed the story pointed out that the FEC “does not allow candidate committees, which are formed to raise funds for a specific candidate, to spend money on personal items, including clothes”.
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When asked about Pierre’s $60,000 payment, Melania Trump’s office released the following statement on Monday: “Mr. Pierre is a world-renowned entertainer. Her work spans many different fields, not just fashion design. His expertise is used for special projects and events.
Pierre, who had helped Trump choose his wardrobe during her husband’s administration, has since shifted gears to focus more on interior design. He said Monday he was continuing to work on other projects unrelated to the former first lady.
Besides being a stylist, he previously worked as a fashion designer with a long tenure at Carolina Herrera and previous positions at European fashion houses. Pierre, who designed the former first lady’s inaugural dress in 2017, co-founded New York-based Atelier Caito for Herve Pierre with Nicola Caito the following year.
Like many small businesses, Atelier Caito did not survive the pandemic shutdown and subsequent fallout. The business quietly closed in April 2021 and Caito returned to France to live and work. Since then, Pierre has focused on interior design projects.
Pierre continues to work with Trump on special post-White House projects unrelated to fashion, including those related to history. Stressing that his workshop is closed and not equipped to produce dresses, Pierre said he occasionally consults the former first lady about her fashion choices. But that part of his advice is minimal, perhaps as little as 5%, he said.
He said on Monday: “As with all other first ladies, there is life after the White House, which involves many more aspects than fashion. I am lucky to have worked in prestigious houses, to have designed [costumes] for ballets and more recently to work in interior design. There are many future projects in this post-White House [stage.]”
When asked if a presidential library was part of the plans, Pierre declined to comment.
Pierre said: “It’s a great honor for me and it’s very creative to give my point of view on some of these projects. »
Highlighting his work with other decorators on other projects unrelated to Trump, Pierre said, “Interior decorating is my other job now,” adding, “Overall, it’s not so much about fashion anymore, like I [have] closed our workshop.
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