“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,” Theallet wrote, reports Elle. “The rhetoric of racism, sexism, and xenophobia unleashed by her husband’s presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by. I encourage my fellow designers to do the same.”
Theallet says designing for current first lady Michelle Obama during her husband’s two terms as president was “a highlight and an honor.”
First, the hypocrisy oozing out of that quote is hard to handle. Yeah, I am a supporter of diversity, individual freedom, and respect for all lifestyles… but I’m not going to make a dress for Melania Trump because her and her husband aren’t exactly like me in every way.
Second, there is so much opportunity in this! The fashion world is a really hard one to break in to, and making a dress for the first lady of the United States would be a great way to break in to it. There is a great chance here for Melania Trump to tap in to some of those young designers who may not have gotten recognized yet. She’d end up with really unique dresses and outfits and some hard working designer who just needs a shot would get their shot. That would be helping a business to thrive instead of stuffing the pockets of some pretentious hypocrite who tries to convince you a burlap sack is high fashion and you need to pay her $60,000 for the honor of wearing it.