The ballots have been cast and election season is behind us, but finding out who will be dressing soon-to-be First Lady Melania Trump, is still an open question.
The election has left a bad taste in the mouths of many, including at least one major fashion designer, Sophie Theallet, who has dressed Michelle Obama but says she will not dress Melania.
In an open letter, Theallet 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. 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."
Then there are designers like Tommy Hilfiger, the man behind the all-American fashion brand of the same name. On Monday at the Angel Ball, he told People magazine, “I think Melania is a very beautiful woman and I think any designer should be proud to dress her. 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.”
Before the election results were in, “Extra’s” AJ Calloway caught up with Hilfiger, who discussed how he came close to creating a fashion line with Michael Jackson. “I sat with Michael for hours in his private office. We talked about fashion… he really wanted to go into fashion.. but it never happened because my partners really wanted to focus on Tommy Hillfiger.
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