Since Donald Trump was elected as the next President of United States, there have been protests of all kinds and even the fashion industry is getting involved. Current First Lady Michelle Obama has been styled and dressed by fashion designers since she stepped into the White House eight years ago—and has graced the covers of magazines like Vogue and Essence—but it’s quite unlikely that Melania Trump will receive the same treatment due to her husband’s alienating and alarming rhetoric comments during his campaign.
French-born, New York-based fashion designer, Sophie Theallet has dressed Michelle Obama several times over the past eight years as well as celebrities including Alicia Keys and Kim Kardashian. She recently expressed in an open letter on twitter that she has no plans of ever dressing Melania Trump and encourages the fashion industry to boycott dressing Trump’s wife.
According to Sophie, having the chance to dress a public figure, like the first lady, is a dream come true for a designer, especially because it can really put their name on the map and elevate their brand. Despite admitting that ‘it is not wise to get involved in politics,’ Sophie said that as an independent fashion brand the ‘bottom line is not just about money’.
In the letter, she wrote: “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.” Theallet wrote. “The rhetoric of racism, sexism, and xenophobia unleashed by her husband’s presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by. I encourage my fellow designers to do the same.
See the letter below
The question is, will other designers join Sophie to boycott the Trumps? I guess time will tell.
Culled from www.vogue.com