French fashion designer Sophie Theallet has made her political stance clear by refusing to dress First Lady-to-be Melania Trump.
Theallet, who gained prominence for styling Michelle Obama penned an open letter that she posted to her Twitter.
Open letter | Sophie Theallet | November 17th, 2016 pic.twitter.com/g1hIAyBmdF
— sophie theallet (@sophietheallet) November 17, 2016
“I am well aware it is not wise to get involved in politics,” she said,”That said, as a family owned company, our bottom line is not just about money.”
Theallet, an immigrant herself, vehemently railed against, “the rhetoric of racism, sexism, and xenophobia unleashed by [Donald Trump’s] presidential campaign.”
Theallet’s letter closed with a call to other fashion designers to join her in boycotting Melania Trump. It appears some other players in the fashion world were already willfully speaking out against the first lady and the president-elect. This is a gutsy decision since designing for the wife of the president of the United States is considered a high honor in the fashion world.
CBS reports that Kaelen Halworth, who has designed for Elizabeth Banks and Blake Lively announced after Trump’s victory that proceeds from her website would be donated to Planned Parenthood, Black Lives Matter and other organizations that oppose Donald Trump.
However, some people in the fashion world aren’t so quick to count out Melania Trump. Carolina Herrera a 35-year veteran in the fashion industry told Business of Fashion that she believes that the chance to dress someone who is the face of the country will draw the designers back in soon enough. “You’ll see everyone dressing Melania. She’s representing the United States,” she said.
But Sophie Theallet, at least for the time being, plans to hold fast to her virtues.
“Integrity is our only true currency,” she said.”