After arguably the most downright nasty, controversial Presidential campaign in American history it seems even the fashion industry doesn't quite know what to make of the upcoming First Lady Melania Trump. Take French fashion designer Sophie Theallet, who has outfitted current First Lady Michelle Obama many times before. Late last week, she posted an open letter to her Twitter account, stating that she will not be dressing the soon-to-be First Lady because she disagrees with Donald Trump's presidential campaign tactics.
"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," she wrote, before ending the letter: "I encourage my fellow designers to do the same."
Read the full letter below:
Open letter | Sophie Theallet | November 17th, 2016 pic.twitter.com/g1hIAyBmdF— sophie theallet (@sophietheallet) November 17, 2016
We doubt Theallet's position is the only one in the industry. Several big-name American designers were vocal about their support of Hillary Clinton, including Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Prabal Gurung, Vera Wang, plus celebs like Jennifer Lawrence. However, tt will be interesting to see which designers stick to their guns and which end up dressing Melania, who it must be said, wears clothes very well.