Sophie Theallet has vowed not to dress Melania Trump when she becomes First Lady and urged other designers to follow her example.
Speaking on behalf of her brand, the designer tweeted a damning open letter in which she said they ‘will not participate in dressing or associating in any way with the next First Lady’.
Citing the ‘rhetoric of racism, sexism and xenophobia’ of the president-elect’s campaign, she ruled out ever working with Melania.
While she is not a household name, Sophie has dressed Michelle Obama numerous times over the last eight years as well as celebrities including Alicia Keys and Kim Kardashian.
Despite admitting that ‘it is not wise to get involved in politics,’ the New York-based French designer said that as an independent fashion brand the ‘bottom line is not just about money’.
In a letter dated Thursday 17 November, she wrote: ‘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.
‘I encourage my fellow designers to do the same. Integrity is our only true currency.’
During the election campaign, Melania’s outfits have included designs by Ralph Lauren, Fendi, Gucci, Michael Kors and Dolce & Gabbana.
Sophie, whose clothes are stocked by online store Farfetch, said working with the current First Lady was ‘a highlight and an honor’.
‘She has contributed to having our name recognized and respected worldwide. Her values, actions and grace have always resonated deeply within me,’ she added.
Sophie trained under Jean Paul Gaultier and Azzedine Alaia in Paris.