A leading fashion designer is so repulsed by the hateful rhetoric spewed by Donald Trump’s eventually successful presidential campaign that she has made known her flat refusal to dress Melania Trump before the Trumps have even taken up residence in the White House.
The designer, Sophie Theallet, has dressed soon to be former — and soon to be sorely missed — First Lady Michelle Obama on multiple occasions.
Theallet, however, is not interested in dressing Melania once she officially assumes the role of First Lady next January, on account of Melania’s implicit partnership in the rhetoric spewing that has, most recently, resulted in a series of hate crimes and harassment of minorities across the nation since Trump’s racist-emboldening presidential victory.
Theallet wrote on Thursday, as quoted by The Hill:
‘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.’
Indeed, going from the first African American first lady, a woman who has spent her time in the White House working for such causes as the advancement of education around the world, to the woman who will be the next First Lady, a woman who has partnered with a man who is so flagrantly careless in global affairs and issues of respectability that he has suggested over and over again banning an entire religion from coming to the United States — that is most certainly, at the very least, a big jump away from “celebrating diversity, individual freedom, and respect for all lifestyles” for Theallet.
As the designer went on to say:
‘The rhetoric of racism, sexism, and xenophobia unleashed by her husband’s presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by.’
She also noted that she “encourages” her fellow designers to follow her example in refusing to dress Melania Trump in the interest of valuing “artistic freedom” and seeking to contribute to a “more humane, conscious and ethical way to create in this world.”
This set of circumstances involving Melania is not the first time that the fashion world has made its voice known against the Trumps on account of the president-elect’s rhetoric; although, as The Hill notes, Theallet’s announcement is the first of its kind with regards to refusing to dress Melania.
As Marcus Wainwright of Rag & Bone told the New York Times last week:
‘It would be hypocritical to say no to dressing a Trump. If we say we are about inclusivity and making American manufacturing great again, then we have to put that before personal political beliefs.’
Shortly before Trump’s stunning, surprise victory in the race for the presidency against Hillary Clinton, a boycott was started of stores which carried products from Trump’s daughter Ivanka’s fashion lines.
This boycott was launched on the occasion of the release of decade old audio tapes featuring the controversial businessman turned presidential candidate effectively bragging about committing sexual assault — something which, obviously, did not keep him from winning the support of the millions of Americans necessary to win the presidency.
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