Tommy Hilfiger has lent his sartorial support to the First Lady-Elect by saying that any designer should be “proud” to dress her.
Describing Melania Trump as a “a very beautiful woman”, Hilfiger told Women’s Wear Daily that he didn’t think people “should become political about it”.
Rather, the 65-year-old designer insisted that people should treat Melania in the same way that they have treated the current First Lady, Michelle Obama.
"Everyone was very happy to dress Michelle [Obama] as well,” he added. “I think they look great in the clothes. You’re not gonna get much more beautiful than Ivanka or Melania.”
Hilfiger’s comments were made five days after designer Sophie Theallet vowed in an open letter posted to her Twitter page that she would never dress the future First Lady.
Theallet, a French American designer who has dressed Michelle Obama a number of times, stated in the letter that her brand “stands against all discrimination and prejudice” and she would therefore 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 continued.
While admitting in the letter that getting involved in politics was “not wise”, Theallet insisted that her brand’s bottom line was “not just about money” and “integrity is our only true currency”.
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She also called on other fashion houses to follow in her lead, although no brands have yet come forward to say that they will not dress Melania Trump.
“I encourage my fellow designers to do the same,” Theallet added of her decision.