Sophie Theallet, the French designer who decorated Michelle Obama and family, says she will not work for Melania Trump when she finally takes office as the First Lady, and has called on other designers to do the same. Her decision to boycott Mr Trump and family comes from the widespread protests going on across the United States against Mr Trump’s alleged disregard for women.
In an open letter sent Thursday afternoon, Theallet said she has refused to lend any of her designs to the president-elect’s family because of his “racist and xenophobic” beliefs.
Image: Sophie Theallet
Open letter | Sophie Theallet | November 17th, 2016pic.twitter.com/g1hIAyBmdF
— sophie theallet (@sophietheallet) November 17, 2016
The Twitter message from Theallet reads: “As an independent fashion brand, we consider our voice an expression of our artistic and philosophical ideas.”
She continues: “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.
“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.” she wrote.
“I encourage my fellow designers to do the same.
“I am well aware it is not wise to get involved in politics,” Theallet writes.
“That said, as a family-owned company, our bottom line is not just about money. We value our artistic freedom and always humbly seek to contribute to a more humane, conscious and ethical way to create in this world.”
Image: Sophie Theallet
According to a report from People.com, Theallet isn’t the only professional designer who has rejected offers to work with Mr President Elect’s family.
“This has already been going on for months. Designers wouldn’t lend to Melania, Ivanka or Tiffany, so they either bought the items themselves or wore Ivanka’s brand,” PEOPLE quotes a tipster as saying.
The source added: “There was a lot of shopping their own closets.”
Image: Melania Trump
Net-a-Porter, the e-commerce giant, was a prominent supporter during Trump’s campaign, and rumors have it that the family may have had their wardrobes filled from the company as a temporary measure.
The L.A. Times reported that prior to 8 November, Melania [a former model] wore Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana and Michael Kors among other labels – all of which she purchased in New York City boutiques or online.