Will You Dress Melanie Trump? See Diane Von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs And Other Top Designers’ Response
“Will you dress future First Lady Melanie Trump?” this question seems to be the trending question for U.S fashion designers.
It will be recalled that the fashion industry as a whole predominantly voiced enthusiastic support for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton throughout the 2016 election. Now that the elections are over, are these designers still showing their allegiance to the democrats or are they willing to change their voices?
Top designers are now faced with the possibility of dressing Melanie Trump instead, something many designers seem to be in conflict about.
Sophie Theallet was the first designer to take a stance on the issue, releasing an open letter announcing she will not dress the future First Lady and urging other designers to follow suit. On the other side of the debate is Tommy Hilfiger, who revealed he would be proud to dress both Melanie and Ivanka Trump.
WWD recently brought more of fashion’s influential voices into the conversation, publishing a piece which posed the question, “Would you dress Melanie Trump?” to nine designers, including Marc Jacobs, Thom Browne, Vera Wang and CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg.
Von Furstenberg remained pretty neutral on the subject, saying, “Donald Trump was elected and he will be our president. Melania deserves the respect of any First Lady before her. Our role as part of the fashion industry is to promote beauty, inclusiveness, diversity. We should each be the best we can be and influence by our example.”
But Marc Jacobs, who was a strong supporter of Hillary didn’t hide his feelings: “I have no interest whatsoever in dressing Melanie Trump. I didn’t even see Sophie Theallet’s letter. Personally, I’d rather put my energy into helping out those who will be hurt by Donald Trump and his supporters.”
There seems to be a divide among these designers and more of them seem to be tending towards “against” rather than “for.”