Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford join list of designers who refuse to dress Melania Trump
Published 01/12/2016 | 15:43
The fashion world is revolting against incoming US First Lady Melania Trump.
Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs have joined the list of influential powerhouses who are boycotting dressing her as she prepares to take on the role of First Lady in January.
After Sophie Theallet, who dressed Michelle Obama on a number of occasions during her time in White House, sparked a new dialogue when she said she would refuse to dress Trump, citing her husband's "rhetoric of racism, sexism, and xenophobia" as the reason.
When a panel of designers were asked by WWD their thoughts on dressing the former model, Jacobs had no qualms about sharing his feelings.
"I have no interest whatsoever in dressing Melania Trump. I didn't see [Sophie Theallet's] letter. Personally, I'd rather put my energy into helping out those who will be hurt by [Donald] Trump and his supporters," he said.
Designer Derek Lam gave an honest answer in which he reflects on being slated on social media for sharing his personal opinions.
"Having been duly warned, my response is, while I have incredible respect for our country’s political institutions, I find it challenging to be personally involved in dressing the new first lady," he begam.
"I would rather concentrate my energies on efforts towards a more just, honorable and a mutually respectful world. I don’t know Melania Trump personally, so I don’t wish my comments to seem I am prejudging her personal values, but I really don’t see myself getting involved with the Trump presidency."
Meanwhile, Tom Ford said he refused to dress Trump even before her husband's campaign, recalling the incident on US talk show The View.
"I was asked to dress [Melania Trump] quite a few years ago and I declined," he explained. "She's not necessarily my image."
"The first lady — other than the fact that I'm a Democrat and voted for Hillary [Clinton] and am very sad and disappointed that she’s not in office — even had Hillary won, she shouldn't be wearing my clothes. They're too expensive."