Many fashion designers have stated they do not want to dress Melania Trump. Calvin Klein has spoken out for the future First Lady. When a TMZ reporter asked if he would make something for FLOTUS Klein replied, “Of course I would.” Watch the TMZ interview below.
Some designers have stood up and said they will not dress Melania Trump. Amongst those boycotting are Tom Ford and Mark Jacobs, two of the most popular fashion designers, have refused to design for the former model. Jacob’s told WWD, “Personally, I’d rather put my energy into helping out those who will be hurt by [Donald] Trump and his supporters.”
Tom Ford was asked about dressing the upcoming First Lady on The View and stated, “I don’t know, I was asked to dress her quite a few years ago, and I declined. She’s not necessarily my image.”
Designer Sophie Theallet was one of the first to boycott dressing Melania Trump. Theallet designed many clothes for Michelle Obama and wrote an open letter explaining her position. She said, “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.”
Christian Siriano told Bustle that his decision is informed by the fact that Trump’s cabinet consists of people that are mostly anti-LGBT. Siriano explained, “It’s very hard to support people that don’t support you.” Siriano said that he and Melania Trump, “don’t share the same values.” Humberto Leon has added his name on to the theoretical list of designers that will not dress her.
American designer Cynthia Rowley has given another type of response about the future first lady’s outfit choices. She told WWD, “In the midst of this heated debate, the question [about who will dress Melania] actually seems somewhat irrelevant. She can simply purchase whatever she wants, so how can we control it?”