Melania Trump wore a coat that costs more than most Americans earn in a year

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Melania Trump wore a $US51,500 Dolce & Gabbana jacket to a meeting with the spouses of some of the most powerful world leaders at the annual G7 summit in Catania, Italy this week.

The coat, which is no longer available to pre-order online, requires a $US25,750 deposit. 

$US51,500 is an astounding amount of money for a single article of clothing. In fact, it’s more than most Americans earn in a year. 

Making $US51,500 annually would put you in the 65% percentile of Americans, according to 2016 U.S. Census Bureau data analysed by personal finance site DQYDJ. The median household income in the US is $US53,889. 

Here’s a screenshot of the coat on Moda Operandi’s website, where it was previously sold but no longer is available. It is a part of Dolce & Gabbana’s Fall/Winter 2017 line, and is expected to ship starting in July. 

Dolce & Gabbana has faced backlash for continuing the dress the first lady. However, the Italian designers have been unmoved by criticism. 

On Friday, Stefano Gabbana posted a video and several pictures of Melania Trump in the jacket on Instagram, captioning the video with a “THANK YOU” and several heart emojis. 


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