HONG KONG–The sartorial choices of Melania and Ivanka Trump have been closely dissected by the public but less so Tiffany Trump, the 23-year-old daughter resulting from President Donald Trump‘s marriage to second wife, Marla Maples.
And while the other two Trump women have donned a variety of designers–often already established international brands, Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Gucci among them–the younger Trump has consistently gone to a young label designed by Shanghai native Taoray Wang for her public appearances.
Donald Trump’s youngest daughter first drew attention to Taoray Wang in attendance at a campaign debate, despite the fact that her father had been railing against China for stealing jobs all throughout the election. On election night, she went back to the designer, donning a black and beige dress, and then at the inauguration itself, wore a white double-breasted coat from the designer.
Wang, who says she is not political and has not kept up with the furor surrounding dressing the new first family said she had been sending pieces for a while to Trump and didn’t know she was going to wear it over the weekend.
“She didn’t say deliberately I’m going to wear it in the ceremony. I didn’t expect her to wear it on this big day,” Wang said.
Although the inauguration day outfit was a gift from Wang, the designer said Trump has bought items before. “Sometimes I just give it to her as a present and sometimes she orders,” Wang said. The coat worn on inauguration day was made to measure but Wang’s ready-to-wear coats range between 2,000 to 3,000 GBP (about $2,500 to $3,700) the designer said, while a dress falls in the range of 1, 500 to 2,000 GBP (about $1,800 to $2,500).
Last week, hairstylist Tricia Kelly told the Washington Post that she had declined Marla Maples’ request that she provide hair styling services for free to her and her daughter, Tiffany, in return for publicity.
According to Wang, Trump had ordered a few pieces before eventually coming to see her spring-summer 2017 show last year. “We exchange emails and text messages and talk about general things but she’s quite busy and me too. We are not close friends,” Wang said.
Wang began her own collection in 2014, after working in Tokyo for Junko Koshino menswear, and her signature style features lots of suits and tailored cuts. The brand shows in New York Fashion Week although Wang’s studio continues to be based in Shanghai.