Last week, we reported that fashion designer Sophie Theallet, who designed clothes for Michelle Obama, had announced that she is boycotting Melania Trump by refusing to design clothes for her. Now, one of America’s most famous fashion designers appears to have joined Theallet’s boycott.
Daily Mail reported that designer Tom Ford told The View on Wednesday that he will not be designing for Melania, and that he has already turned her down in the past.
“We’ve got a new first lady, Melania Trump, and she’s quite beautiful, and she’s thin, she’s gonna look great in [your] clothes, no?” host Joy Behar asked at the beginning of the interview.
“I don’t know. I was asked to dress her quite a few years ago and I declined,” Ford replied hesitantly.
Asked why he previously turned her down, Ford replied, “Well, she’s not necessarily my image.”
Ford went on to claim that he won’t be designing for Melania while she’s in the White House because his clothes are “too expensive” for a first lady to wear because they have to “relate to everybody.” However, his clothes weren’t “too expensive” for Michelle Obama, since he designed a custom-made ivory evening gown for Michelle back in 2011 for a dinner with the royal family at Buckingham Palace.
“Michelle I dressed once when she was going to Buckingham Palace for dinner with the Queen,” said Ford. When asked if Melania should wear more affordable looks during her time as first lady, Ford responded, “I’ll leave that to Melania.”
Sheesh, at least Theallet had the guts to ADMIT she’s boycotting the incoming first lady! She explained her decision to boycott Melania in a scathing open letter.
“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 wrote, according to The Hill. “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.”
“I am well aware it is not wise to get involved in politics,” she noted. “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.”
We find it sickening that these designers are inserting themselves into politics and trying to punish Melania simply because of who she’s married to. Shame on you, Tom Ford and Sophie Theallet!