Melania Trump dons Chinese-inspired floral in Beijing

Melania Trump tried her hand at the delicate art of calligraphy as she and the wife of the Chinese president enjoyed a visit to a primary school in Beijing.

Despite being dressed in a custom Dolce & Gabbana gown, thought to have cost at least $3,975, the First Lady happily took up a paintbrush and ink under the watchful eye of the young students at Banchang Primary School.

She was joined by Madame Peng Liyuan, who welcomed Donald and Melania to China with her husband President Xi Jinping on day five of the Trumps’ Asia tour.

As well as greeting the young students and joining in with some of their lessons, the VIP guests were also treated to a special, cultural performance from students.

Both Melania and Madame Peng were photographed smiling and clapping after the show, surrounded by a gang of beaming schoolchildren.

Upon arrival in Beijing, the First Lady dazzled in her floor-length dress at an official welcome ceremony at the city’s Great Hall of the People on Thursday morning.

The gown featured an intricate pink floral design on the black dress – a nod, perhaps, to her hosts’ cultural heritage.

Both Melania and Madame Peng have been noted for their fashion flair, with Peng embracing Chinese designers and traditional design.

Melania has been bucking the trend of previous American First Ladies, who have typically chosen home-grown designers, and gone for bold foreign designers such as Christian Louboutin, Karl Lagerfeld and – her favorite – Dolce and Gabbana.