Stephen M. Silverman
January 18, 2005 08:00 AM

Not that Donald Trump is known for paying retail, but his bride-to-be, model Melania Knauss, will be sporting a $100,000 wedding gown designed by the House of Christian Dior’s John Galliano when she marries the host of The Apprentice at his Palm Beach mansion this Saturday.

Trump, 58, is uncharacteristically tight lipped on the price of the garment, though observers note he likely got it for a song, given the publicity he is able to generate.

Whatever the cost, the Slovenian beauty, 34, models the mountain of satin on the cover of the February issue of Vogue, becoming the first “cover” bride in the fashion magazine’s 115-year history.

Inside the publication are 14 pages of Mario Testino photographs of Knauss’s trip to Paris during last summer’s couture shows. The title of the article is “How to Marry a Billionaire.”

The white duchesse dress, described as “close-fitting with revealing d collet ,” monopolized the time of the entire 28-seamstress-strong staff at Dior. It required nearly 300 feet of material and features a 13-foot train, topped by a 16-foot veil. It took 1,000 hours to make and 550 hours to hand-stitch more than 1,500 crystal rhinestones and pearls in a swirl pattern.

“The problem is,” Knauss asked her fashion adviser, Andre Leon Talley, “how do I walk around in this?”

Replied Talley: “This is a heavy dress, Melania, so eat, drink, and be healthy or you will faint.”

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