A fashion designer who garmented First Lady Michelle Obama made headlines last week when she wrote she couldn’t in good conscience do the same for Melania Trump. But several designers we talked to say they’d love to work with the next First Lady.
Celebrity designer Bradley Scott says boycotting the First Lady is just plain disrespectful, whoever she might be. First Lady is First lady, its a position that should be extol not disrespected, ” Scott told FOX4 11. “I can’t believe anyone would basically spew at the opportunity. Its so un-American.”
Stylist Phillip Bloch, who was the creative style director for the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageantries under Donald Trump, said he can see how a designer might want to make a political statement, bu says he schemes on reaching out to the First Couple to help in any way he can.
Fashion is a very fickle business. Its hard to separate fashion from politics, ” Bloch said. “But Melania is chic, tall, and beautiful. She has done nothing wrong, and the First Lady is a phenomenal platform for decorator.
Designer Sophie Theallet wrote her controversial essay on Thursday, saying: The rhetoric of racism, sexism, and xenophobia unleashed by her husbands presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by.
One fashion expert said that it could indeed be bad business for certain designers to align his or her business with Trump.
I dont think its inevitably unwise for a business to make a political statement, especially privately-owned business in the fashion sector, ” said Abby Schreiber, managing editor at Paper Magazine. “Fashion has always been about expres, provocation and , not infrequently, politics and, to that end, these decorators refusal to dress Melania Trump is not, in and of itself, unusual for this industry.
Schreiber said if that person is equated with a message at odds with his or her brand, it makes sense to not have them wear the company’s clothes.
Fashion decorators have long attempted to tell a story about their brand and vision and to enunciate a impression, emotion or sense of who their client or muse is, ” Schreiber said. “And for those decorators who are troubled by the hateful, bigoted rhetoric that surrounded Trumps campaign, it may make sense for them to want to distance their brand and their vision from it.”
But Robert Casey, President of modeling bureau Maggie, Inc ., offered a simple solution.
Melania doesnt need to rely on designer loaners, she has the money to purchase whatever she desires to wear, regardless of the opinion of the designer on the label.”
Which means Melania could wear a Theallet dress whether she wants her to, or not.
Fox News.com Reporter and FOX4 11 host Diana Falzone covers celebrity news and interviews some of today’s top celebrities and newsmakers. You can follow her on Twitter @ dianafalzone.
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