Ready or not, in 10 days the Trump presidency becomes a reality. And First Lady Melania Trump will have to get dressed. She finds herself in a situation unique among first ladies, with many designers staunchly opposed to dressing her on ideological grounds.
That hasn’t been an issue through the campaign and in the run-up to the inauguration as Trump has dressed off-the-rack and apparently full-price. Whether out of graciousness, pique or because it’s just not her style, in her rare public appearances she has avoided wearing clothes by those designers who’ve said openly that they don’t want to dress her.
In that group: Most dramatically, Sophie Theallet, who tried to spearhead an industry-wide campaign with an open letter to her designing colleagues imploring them not to dress Trump. Also in the “I’d rather not” group: Marc Jacobs, Phillip Lim and Derek Lam, to name a few. Among those responding in the affirmative: Tommy Hilfiger, Carolina Herrera and Thom Browne.
Donald and Melania Trump at their New Year’s Eve party.
DVF, a passionate Hillary supporter, offered diplomatically that, “Melania deserves the respect of any first lady before her.”
The above designers deserve credit for going on the record. It should be noted that except
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