Sunday 24 September 2017

Designer Zac Posen reveals why he won't dress Ivanka or Melania Trump

U.S. first lady Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump watch as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, DC, U.S. February 28, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. first lady Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump watch as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House, in Washington, DC, U.S. February 28, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
First lady Melania Trump attends a joint session of the U.S. Congress with U.S. President Donald Trump on February 28, 2017 in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.
US First Lady Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump applaud during the presidential inaugural parade on January 20, 2017
Melania Trump (L) and Ivanka Trump look on as Republican presidential elect Donald Trump speaks during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016. / AFP / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
First lady Melania Trump (R), stands with Ivanka Trump as a parade passes the inaugural parade reviewing stand in front of the White House on January 20, 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump (R) and her family, husband Jared Kushner (L) and children Joseph and Arabella Kushner, arrive aboard the Marine One helicopter with the president to board Air Force One for travel to Florida from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. March 3, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
White House advisor Jared Kushner (L) talks with U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) (2nd L) as they and Kushner's family, including wife Ivanka Trump and daughter Arabella Kushner board Air Force One at Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida, U.S. March 3, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner applaud as US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint session of Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on February 28, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
Senior Advisor to the President, Jared Kushner (L), walks with his wife Ivanka Trump to board Marine One at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 3, 2017.
Designer Zac Posen (L) and actress Demi Moore attend the 12th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Spring Studios on November 2, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)
Model Iman and Designer Zac Posen attend the 19th annual amfAR's New York Gala to kick off NY Fashion Week at Cipriani Wall Street
Designer Zac Posen attends the Metrograph Theater 1st Year Anniversary Party at The Metrograph on March 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
Designer Zac Posen poses backstage before the Zac Posen collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows on February 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Fashion designer Zac Posen attends the 19th Annual amfAR New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on February 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
First lady Melania Trump arrives at a luncheon she was hosting to mark International Women's Day in the State Dining Room at the White House March 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
First lady Melania Trump arrives at a luncheon she was hosting to mark International Women's Day in the State Dining Room at the White House March 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Designer Zac Posen attends The Anthology Film Archives Benefit and Auction on March 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Anthology Film Archives)
US First Lady Melania Trump arrives before US President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of the US Congress on February 28, 2017, in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Zac Posen said he will not be dressing Ivanka or Melania Trump as he feels it is part of his "political responsibility" to his job.

The American fashion designer (36) has spoken out in more detail about why his pieces won't be seen on the US first lady or first daughter and he joins a host of other names in the industry who have spoken about their reluctance to work with the first family in response to president Donald Trump's policies.

"I think everybody has a political responsibility. Everybody has a voice, whether in fashion or any field," he told the Daily Beast.

"[I have] no current plans to dress members of the first family. Right now, I’m staying away from bringing my brand into politics. There are issues that are being questioned that are fundamentally upsetting to me, deeply: LGBT rights, immigration, funding for the arts, Planned Parenthood, and women’s rights.

US First Lady Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump applaud during the presidential inaugural parade on January 20, 2017
US First Lady Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump applaud during the presidential inaugural parade on January 20, 2017

"These are just issues that are very close to my heart, and I use my own private voice and funds to fight for them and in support of them. I think it’s important to use your voice. I think that every brand and person has a right to be vocal."

Posen's designs are in-demand among Hollywood's A-list and he also acts as a judge on Project Runway. He said he is "very upset with the state of affairs" presently in the United States, adding: "I always try to be optimistic. I think that freedom will prevail. And I don’t dictate who buys my clothing in a store."

Similarly, designers Sophie Thalleat and Tom Ford both said they would not be associated with the Trumps.

Since Trump's inauguration, Melania has stepped out in a number of outfits mixed between American and international designers including Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Alexander McQueen Gucci and Chanel.

Designer Zac Posen attends The Anthology Film Archives Benefit and Auction on March 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Anthology Film Archives)
Designer Zac Posen attends The Anthology Film Archives Benefit and Auction on March 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Anthology Film Archives)
US First Lady Melania Trump arrives before US President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of the US Congress on February 28, 2017, in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
US First Lady Melania Trump arrives before US President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of the US Congress on February 28, 2017, in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner applaud as US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint session of Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on February 28, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner applaud as US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint session of Congress at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on February 28, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

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