This designer refuses to dress incoming First Lady Melania Trump
Published 19/11/2016 | 11:13
An American designer refuses to dress incoming First Lady Melania Trump - and is encouraging others to do the same.
Sophie Theallet, who has dressed Michelle Obama on a number of occasions, wrote an open letter sent via email on Thursday explaining why she would not be providing any clothing for the former model after President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in on January 20.
"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," her email read, according to Women's Wear Daily.
"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.
"Integrity is our only true currency."
During Trump's campaign for the White House, there was a notable lack of enthusiasm in the high fashion industry for dressing Melania as designers distanced themselves from her billionaire husband's rhetoric.
Despite the fact that she worked as a commercial model when she first to the US from Slovenia and appeared on the cover of US Vogue in 2005 profiling her wedding, she notably wore off the rack items for much of the campaign.
The white Ralph Lauren jumpsuit she wore during her husband's acceptance speech wasn't provided by the designer directly and the infamous pussybow blouse she wore at the second presidential debate was from Gucci's SS17 collection.