(CNN) – By all accounts, Melania Trump has come out of her shell on this, her debut trip abroad as first lady of the United States. She has been by her husband’s side, but she’s also branched out on her own, visiting schools and hospitals, practicing cultural diplomacy, even having an audience with the pope — revealing her Catholic faith.
And today in Sicily, while President Donald Trump convened with world leaders at the G7 Summit, the first lady took the opportunity to sightsee with the other spouses — only she did so in a $51,500 Dolce & Gabbana jacket.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) May 26, 2017
But, back to that jacket, which at February’s Dolce & Gabbana runway presentation looked like this:
Trump has worn more Dolce & Gabbana looks on this trip than any other label, including these flower shoes at Thursday’s spouse dinner in Belgium, at the close of the NATO summit
However, Friday’s jacket, with its floral embellishments, is by far the most expensive item of clothing Trump has worn this entire trip, which CNN reported she prepped for by strategically packing a bag for each separate event on the nine-day journey.
By comparison, the average American family income in 2015, per the US Census Bureau, was $55,775, just about $4,000 more than the cost of the jacket.
It is possible that Dolce & Gabbana loaned Trump the coat — the White House did not immediately respond to a CNN a request for comment, nor has Dolce & Gabbana, who CNN asked for clarification and specifics on the jacket.
For outfits that first ladies wear for state dinners, or historic public events, items can be gifted from designers, and accepted on behalf of the US government. However, after being worn, they are donated to the National Archives. Friday’s outing likely would not be considered in that category.