Dressing a first lady is an honor, but liberal fashion designers with a post-election chip on their shoulders are taking a hard pass when it comes to Melania Trump.
Tom Ford — designer, film director, and vocal Democrat — said during an appearance on “The View” Wednesday that he will not be dressing the future first lady of the country. “I was asked to dress her quite a few years ago and I declined … She’s not necessarily my image,” Ford said.
He designs run anywhere from $2,000 to $3,500, according to the New York Post. He said no first lady or woman in a position of power should be wearing such expensive clothes.
“And the first lady — other than the fact that I’m a Democrat and voted for Hillary and am very sad and disappointed that she’s not in office — even had Hillary won, she shouldn’t be wearing my clothes,” he said. “They’re too expensive. And I don’t mean this in a bad way… [She needs] to relate to everybody.”
Fashion designer Sophie Theallet will not be sending designs to the White House, either. The French-born designer also recently declared in an open letter on Twitter that she would not dress Melania Trump in her new role.
The designer noted, in extremely poor taste, “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.”
“I think Melania is a very beautiful woman,” said Hilfiger.
Apparently for most liberals, “diversity” only includes people with whom they agree politically.
Theallet, 52, grew to prominence by dressing first lady Michelle Obama on many occasions. “The rhetoric of racism, sexism, and xenophobia unleashed by her [Melania’s] husband’s presidential campaign are [sic] incompatible with the shared values we live by,” Theallet also said in her Twitter message.
Fellow designer and fashion icon Tommy Hilfiger has a much keener understanding of the honor of dressing a first lady. Asked by Women’s Wear Daily recently if he would be joining Theallet in her first-lady boycott, Hilfiger said, “No.”
“I think Melania is a very beautiful woman and I think any designer should be proud to dress her,” Hilfiger told WWD. “Ivanka is equally as beautiful and smart, although she wears her own clothes. I don’t think people should become political about it. Everyone was very happy to dress Michelle [Obama] as well. I think they look great in the clothes. You’re not going to get much more beautiful than Ivanka or Melania.”
Theallet is one of many who willfully mischaracterize the president-elect’s immigration views through vague and ill-informed innuendo.
“As an immigrant in this country, I have been blessed with the opportunity to pursue my dreams in the USA,” Theallet said in her statement. “Dressing first lady Michelle Obama for the past 8 years has been a highlight and an honor. She has contributed to having our name recognized and respected worldwide.”
Theallet has called on all designers to join her boycott. “Integrity is our only true currency,” she wrote.
Meanwhile, just a reminder that the off-white dress Melania Trump wore during the Republican National Convention completely sold out within minutes of the conclusion of her speech — a dress she chose and bought herself.