Melania Trump's Inauguration Gown Designer: 'I'm Not Doing Politics, I'm Doing Dresses'. Subscribe. News. And though many designers have been outspoken about whether they will (or won’t) dress the first lady for her White House tenure, Pierre, whose 15 year stint as the creative director at Carolina Herrera ended last February, prefers to be diplomatic about it. “That’s the good thing about this country: we are all equal, but we are definitely not the same,” he says. “I’m not doing politics, I’m doing dresses. We are not suddenly brokering a big deal between China and Russia. If people don’t want to dress her, I think it’s sad, but I was honored. I don’t criticize these people—it’s their choice, a
Yet, Melania Trump's choice in clothing has led to political eyebrow raising of the type we haven't quite seen before. Her husband Donald Trump's "America First" catchphrase and popularity among the whiter subset of the working class, has been at direct odds with Melania's preference for buying out of pocket high-priced, often foreign designed and assembled garments. Meanwhile, many American designers have publicly refused to dress her (leading Donald Trump to lash out at Tom Ford in a strange Fox News interview just days before the inauguration). One might wonder
When asked about dressing Melania Trump, he made it clear that he would continue on this tradition. He told TMZ, "Of course I would." Getty Images. 3/21. Rag & Bone: Yes. Rag & Bone made denim bags to support Barack Obama in 2012, and designer Marcus Wainwright isn't opposed to designing for the new First Family. “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," he told The New York Times. If asked, it seems likely that she will dress Melania Trump for the Inauguration. She also feels that designers will come to embrace Melania in the upcoming months. She told The Business of Fashion: “I think that in two or three months, they’ll reach out, because it’s fashion. You’ll see everyone dressing Melania.
Melania Trump’s wedding dress designer could land the job of making clothes for the 46-year-old former model as French fashion designer Sophie Theallet has decided not to dress the incoming First Lady of the United States. Sophie Theallet, who has dressed outgoing FLOTUS Michelle Obama over the past eight years, announced her decision not to work for Melania on Saturday. The fashion house revealed that it made the decision due to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s stand on several issues. Melania Trump’s wedding dress was made by fashion designer John Galliano for Christian Dior. With the French designer out of her list, the incoming FLOTUS could turn to the designer who worked on her nuptial gown. According to Racked, the dress bore the finale style of the 2004 Christian Dior fall couture show. Melania appeared in the dress on the cover of Vogue in February 2005.
21 Designers on Whether They'll Dress Melania Trump. Who is for and against being worn by the future first lady. By Kristina Rodulfo. Since then, more designers–including Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, and Derek Lam–have come out against dressing Trump, while others–like Diane von Furstenberg, Thom Browne, and Tommy Hilfiger–have said they'd be happy to dress the future FLOTUS. Here, we round up 17 designers who have spoken out on where they stand. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below. Zac Posen: Against Dressing Melania. Getty Images. "[I have] no current plans to dress members of the first family.
Melania Trump continued her foray into fashion diplomacy Thursday night when she wore a Reem Acra gown to a dinner at Washington’s Union Station. As the incoming First Lady navigates her way into the role, she has thus far tread carefully with her sartorial choices. Acra, who was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and is now New York–based, still maintains a home in the city of her birth. In May 2013, she said, “[M]y heart is here in the region,” when referring to Beirut. Choosing an Acra gown is a strategic move for Trump. Outgoing FLOTUS Michelle Obama helped bring attention to lesser-known designers The beaded dress was purple, a nod to unity, and designed by Sarah Philips, a local designer from the Clintons’ home state of Arkansas. Photo: By Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis/Getty Images.
Designer Sophie Theallet has dressed Michelle Obama and designed clothes inspired by her. But she won't be creating anything for Melania Trump, and she hopes other designers won't either. In an open letter posted to Twitter on Thursday, she urges the fashion industry to protest Trump by refusing to dress his wife. "The Sophie Theallet brand stands against all discrimination and prejudice. Our runway shows, ad campaigns, and celebrity dressing have always been a celebration of diversity and a reflection of the world we live in," it reads. "I am well aware it is not wise
18 Fashion Designers on Whether They'd Dress Melania Trump as First Lady. Melania Trump at second presidential debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images). Scott Olson—Getty Images. Michelle Obama’s embrace of young American designers of color like Tracy Reese and Jason Wu during her two terms as First Lady or Melania Trump’s choice to wear a dress to the RNC by Roksanda Ilincic, viewed as a nod to how Ilincic’s Serbian background paralleled Melania’s own Slovenian upbringing. (Obama has also supported the popular designer.) A style decision at momentous public moments can speak a thousand words.
Designers Refuse to Dress Melania Trump. Posted by Mary Chastain Friday, November 18, 2016 at 6:07pm | 11/18/2016 - 6:07pm. Get over yourself. Designer Sophie Theallet has announced on Twitter she will not design and dress Melania Trump with her brand: Theallet has designed and dressed First Lady Michelle Obama during the past eight years, which she called “a highlight and an honor.” Obama’s “values, actions, and grace have always resonated deeply within” the designer. She added: As one who celebrates and strives for diversity, individual freedom, and respect for all lifestyles. I will not par
Designer Sophie Theallet isn’t a fan of President-elect Donald Trump and has announced she’s refusing to dress the next first lady, Melania Trump. Theallet, 52, is a French-born designer who grew to prominence by dressing current first lady Michelle Obama on a number of occasions. “As an immigrant in this country, I have been blessed with the opportunity to pursue my dreams in the USA,” she added. “Dressing the First Lady Michelle Obama for the past 8 years has been a highlight and an honor. She has contributed to having our name recognized and respected worldwide.” In addition to eliminating herself from the potential list of designers who may dress Trump during her tenure, Theallet is calling on all designers to join the boycott. “Inte
Melania Trump arrives at Donald Trump’s election night party. Photo: Timothy A. Clary/Getty images. Racked is no longer publishing. The French designer, who has dressed Mrs. Obama on multiple occasions, wrote in a letter posted to Twitter that her values are too incongruous with Donald Trump’s to justify a professional relationship with his wife. “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. The rhetoric of racism, sexism, and xenophobia unleashed by her husband’s presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by,” Theallet, who identifies herself as an immigr
Melania Trump at the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images. On Thursday, Nov. 17, eight days after Donald Trump became the President-elect of the United States, designer Sophie Theallet took to Twitter to post an open letter stating that she would not dress the incoming First Lady, Melania Trump. In the time since, the fashion industry has looked to Theallet's fellow designers for their own stances on whether they will outfit Mrs. Trump, if asked. Tommy Hilfiger: "I think Melania is a very beautiful woman and I think any designer should be proud to dress her. Ivanka is equally as beautiful and smart, although she wears her own clothes. I don't think people should become political about it. Everyone was very happy to dress Michelle [Obama] as well. I think they look great in the clothes.
“Melania did wear a veil to the Vatican!” “Melania changes outfits during flight!” Does it really matter? Of course. Because Mrs. Trump has been, up to now, a cipher cloistered in a gilded New York penthouse but is about to take her place in the East Wing (at least according to her team) as the United States’ official hostess. And because, as a representative of the country and the Trump administration on the world stage, this was her clearest statement yet about how she will manage that position. It just happened that, since Mrs. Trump did not say much as she accompanied her husband from Saud She didn’t ask one designer, like Hervé Pierre, who created her inauguration dress as well as the leather skirt she wore to depart Washington, to help her assemble her wardrobe. She didn’t underscore her own international story.
While designer Sophie Theallet has dressed First Lady Michelle Obama for a slew of occasions over the past eight years, she has no plans of ever dressing Melania Trump. She penned an open letter explaining why she refuses to work with the future first lady, and you can read her powerful words right here. Usually having the chance to dress a public figure, like the first lady, is a dream come true for a designer, especially because it can really put their name on the map and elevate their brand — but there’s one designer in particular who has no interest in the job! Sophie Theallet detailed exa
Melania has promoted her own lines of jewelry and skin care products; Donald Trump has hawked ties; Ivanka Trump sells clothes and shoes; while even her mother, Ivana Trump, peddled “House of Ivana” perfume, jewelry, and clothing on various home shopping networks. Regardless of Donald Trump’s odious politics, it would be difficult to replicate the fashion industry’s love affair with the soon-to-be-former first lady, who buoyed a diverse group of young designers like Jason Wu and Prabal Gurung while also wearing bigger, more established names like Michael Kors and Narciso Rodriguez. Caroline Herrera told the Business of Fashion that she expects designers will eventually come around to the idea of dressing Melania. “I think that in two or three months they’ll reach out, because it’s fashion,” she said, and Melania will be “representing the United States.”
The list of designers who will not dress Melania Trump now includes Marc Jacobs, Joseph Altuzarra, Phillip Lim and Derek Lam, as well as the French designer who began the fashion boycott, Sophie Theallet. Related articles. Michelle Obama on leaving White House as she appears on Vogue Cover. Gigi Hadid apologies after 'racist' Melania Trump impersonation. Tom Ford made his comments appearing on The View on Wednesday. Mrs Trump needn’t feel too glum, however. French haute couture designer Jean Paul Gaultier has said he will “definitely” dress Mrs Trump. Gaultier, who formerly worked at Hermes, said: “If you have to be truly political, there are probably a few people you can dress. “I have nothing bad to say against her, it’s not a question of politics.” GETTY. The designer said his clothes are “too expensive” for Mrs Trump to wear. Melania Trump in pictures. Sat, July 28, 2018.
Designers Weigh In on Dressing Melania Trump. Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger, Thom Browne and more mull the question of the moment: "Would you dress Melania Trump?" By Bridget Foley on November 30, 2016. Share This Article. Diane von Furstenberg Joe Russo/WWD/REX/Shutterstock. Diane von Furstenberg: 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. Tommy Hilfiger H. Walker/WWD/REX/Shutterstock. Tommy Hilfiger: Yes I would dress Melania. I think she is a beautiful woman who would make any designer’s clothes look great. Marc Jacobs Abel Fermin/WWD/REX/Shutterstock.