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Carolina Herrera says it would be an honor to dress Melania Trump

Carolina Herrera attends "An Evening Honoring Carolina Herrera" at Lincoln Center on December 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — While a few designers have made news saying they would not dress the future first lady, Carolina Herrera said she’d be honored if Melania Trump wore one of her outfits.

The famed designer spoke about Trump on the red carpet before she received an honor of her own Tuesday night from the Women’s Leadership Council at Lincoln Center.

Who might dress the wife of President-elect Donald Trump has become an issue after designers Sophie Theallet and Tom Ford, who have both dressed first lady Michelle Obama, said they wouldn’t do so for Mrs. Trump, a former model.

But when asked if she would, Herrera said, “Of course I will, as the first lady of this country I will. Of course.”

She added, “It is an honor to dress the first ladies of the country and it’s something to do for the United States. It’s not for myself. It’s for the public.”

Obama has worn Herrera while in the White House.

Herrera was lauded at the event for her 35 years of fashions by Emmy Rossum and Seth Meyers, among others. Diana Ross sang a mini-concert in Herrera’s honor, including hits like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “I’m Coming Out.”

Rossum recalled her wedding day as testament to the greatness of Herrera.

The “Shameless” actress said Herrera, whom she called “the chicest women alive,” was the first to design for her on the red carpet, and over the years, helped her get out of her comfort zone.

“She persuaded me to embrace increasingly bolder and brighter prints,” Rossum said. “She dared me to stand out.”

Rossum said she excitedly called Herrera to design her gown for her upcoming wedding.

“I knew without question that only she could make the wedding dress of my dreams, and she has approached that task with the same care, elegance and enthusiasm that only she can,” Rossum said. “I couldn’t be more honored at the thought of wearing her dress on my big day.”

NEKESA MUMBI MOODY, AP Entertainment Writer