Sophie Theallet, the designer behind some of Michelle Obama’s most enviable garbs, has revealed she will not be dressing the next First Lady.
In an open letter shared to her Twitter page, the luxury fashion designer said she would refrain from dressing Melania Trump due to a matter of “integrity”, which she deemed her brand’s “only true currency”.
“I am well aware it is not wise to get involved in politics,” Theallet wrote. “That said, as a family-owned company, our bottom line is not just about money. We value our artistic freedom and always humbly seek to contribute to a more humane, conscious and ethical way to create in this world.”
She continued, “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 ended her letter by stating, “I encourage my fellow designers to do the same.”
Meanwhile, designer Tommy Hilfiger has since declared that he is with the next First Lady. In an interview with WWD at the 2016 Angel Ball he said, “I think Melania is a very beautiful woman and I think any designer should be proud to dress her. Ivanka is equally beautiful and smart, although she wears her own clothes. I don’t think people should be political about it.”