There’s no doubt that Donald Trump’s presidency will continue to bring sparks (or firestorms) of controversy to the White House — with concerns, protests and seriously scary incidents already boiling over. But now, the future First Lady (who may already be making major shade-throwing statements with her style), is feeling the heat, fashion-wise. Find out why designers are being asked NOT to dress Melania Trump.
“As one who celebrates and strives for diversity, individual freedom and respect for all lifestyles, I will not participate in dressing or associating in any way with the next First Lady,” said designer Sophie Theallet in an open email circulated around the fashion world, according to WWD.
She adds, “The rhetoric of racism, sexism and xenophobia unleashed by her husband’s presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by. I encourage my fellow designers to do the same.”
Noting that she is an immigrant herself, Theallet explains that she has been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to dress the current First Lady, Michelle Obama, on occasion, and the experience was always a “highlight and an honor. She has contributed to having our name recognized and respected worldwide. Her values, actions and grace have always resonated deeply within me.”
Despite this, Sophie insists that refusing to dress the incoming First Lady is necessary for anyone whose beliefs are counter to those of the Trumps. “I am well aware it is not wise to get involved in politics,” she continued. “That said, as a family-owned company, our bottom line is not just about money. We value our artistic freedom and always humbly seek to contribute to a more humane, conscious and ethical way to create in this world… Integrity is our only true currency.”
With Melania wearing outfits by Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana and Michael Kors during the campaign, it was noted that none of the designers gave her the items (therefore not giving their support to the Trumps or endorsing the candidate); instead all were purchased in-store or online (cha-ching!). However, with this new call for designers to refuse to dress the upcoming FLOTUS, she may need to allocate more funds to her clothes budget in the near future.
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(h/t WWD; photos via Chip Somodevilla, Spencer Platt/Getty)