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There's at least one designer who thinks it would be a privilege to dress Melania Trump

Published 23/11/2016 | 10:08

Ivanka Trump (R) and Melania Trump (L) appear before the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri on October 9, 2016. / AFP / POOL / RICK WILKING (Photo credit should read RICK WILKING/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump (R) and Melania Trump (L) appear before the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri on October 9, 2016. / AFP / POOL / RICK WILKING (Photo credit should read RICK WILKING/AFP/Getty Images)
(L to R) Donald Trump, Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump on 60 Minutes
Donald Trump’s wife Melania, daughter Ivanka, son Eric and son Donald Jr at the debate. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)
Donald Trump kisses daughter Ivanka after his election victory. Photo: Jim Watson/Getty
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)
US designer Tommy Hilfiger greets the audience after presenting his creations during the Fall 2016 New York Fashion Week
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump (2ndL) kisses his wife Melania as daughter Ivanka and son Donald Trump Jr. stand onstage after the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, U.S., September 26, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

At least one American designer would be "proud" to dress incoming US First Lady Melania Trump.

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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.

"I am well aware it is not wise to get involved in politics. 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," she wrote in at open letter on Saturday.

But American designer Tommy Hilfiger said he would be honoured to dress former model Melanie and the future First Daughter Ivanka.

Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump (2ndL) kisses his wife Melania as daughter Ivanka and son Donald Trump Jr. stand onstage after the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, U.S., September 26, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump (2ndL) kisses his wife Melania as daughter Ivanka and son Donald Trump Jr. stand onstage after the first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, U.S., September 26, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

"I think Melania is a very beautiful woman and I think any designer should be proud to dress her," he told Women's Wear Daily.

"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 gonna get much more beautiful than Ivanka or Melania."

Hilfiger has a long-standing relationship with the family having first cast Ivanka in his denim campaign in the 1990s and recently reflected what a "doll" she was was working with the brand.

US designer Tommy Hilfiger greets the audience after presenting his creations during the Fall 2016 New York Fashion Week
US designer Tommy Hilfiger greets the audience after presenting his creations during the Fall 2016 New York Fashion Week

"She was a doll, she was a sweetheart. She is today. More sophisticated, more grown up. She’s an amazing girl," he told Yahoo Style.

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