Hervé Pierre is known for having designed the white gown Melania Trump wore to the inauguration ball—and for styling her every now and again.
The matter of dressing the first lady is a contentious issue, with some designers—including Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford—refusing to do so because of their political beliefs. But Pierre says politics should have nothing to do with it.
"The beauty of this country is that it's a democracy, so some people want to dress certain people and some people don't want to," he told the New York Times. "I choose to. If you forget about the political, or whatever, that's behind it, the needs are so interesting to answer. Even if I'm not creating the clothes, it is very creative to consider how it's going to be perceived. And when you decide, you divide."
The designer—who was formerly creative director at Carolina Herrera—said both he and Melania are still learning to do their respective jobs.
"I'm not always right. I make mistakes, and same for her," he said. "There's no 'How to Be the Perfect First Lady' book. You learn on the spot."
He added that styling the Trump is "not really my forte," but said that he did do private shopping for her at Michael Kors, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, and Dior.
"When you work with a woman, it's not about the clothes. It's about the way a person is living: the way she eats, the way she organizes, her flowers," Pierre said. "I ask a question every time I put an idea on paper: Where is this woman going?"