The headlines have been filled by President-elect Trump, but the fashion industry has now turned on Melania Trump.
On Thursday, New York-based designer Sophie Theallet said that she will not dress Melaina Trump. The designer, who has worked with Michelle Obama, tweeted an open letter confirming the boycott.
French-born Theallet penned, “as an immigrant in this country, I have been blessed with the opportunity to pursue my dreams in the USA.” She added “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. The rhetoric of racism, sexism and xenophobia unleashed by her husband’s presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by.”
The post isn’t the first anti-Trump comment from the industry. Joseph Altuzarra said “I don’t want to not dress people I disagree with.” However, this does comes with backlash. Understanding “it is not wise to get involved with politics” Theallet has been branded hypercritical by her own discrimination of Trump.
Surprisingly, all the campaign outfits Melania Trump has worn, were bought and not provided by the designers. Obama often had designers giving her outfits, but that isn’t the case for Trump. Nobody knows the exact reaction to the latest First Lady. Currently, views are mixed but many predict designers will be desperate to dress Trump when her husband is in office.
The piece ends by asking her counterparts to follow her lead and to remember “integrity is our only true currency”.