Add designer Sophie Theallet to the list of people not wanting to associate themselves with a Trump presidency. In an open letter posted on her Twitter account, Theallet announced she would not be dressing soon-to-be First Lady Melania Trump. She has previously dressed First Lady Michelle Obama on numerous occasions.
“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.
I am well aware it is not wise to get involved in politics. 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,” Thalleat said in her letter.
Note that Theallet was not called upon to dress Trump, but she is letting it be known that she has no interest in dressing the future first lady.
“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 said.
Theallet feels that the racist, sexist and xenophobic overtones permeating the Trump campaign do not align with her personal values or those of her company.
At the end of her letter, she calls upon other designers to do the same. With people boycotting companies associated with the Trump family, a few retailers are refusing to carry their products. Dressing a first lady generates a lot of publicity, and choosing not to could affect her sales. However, we applaud Theallet for holding true to her values.
It’ll be interesting to see if any other designers follow suit.
Read her open letter below.
Open letter | Sophie Theallet | November 17th, 2016 pic.twitter.com/g1hIAyBmdF— sophie theallet (@sophietheallet) November 17, 2016