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