Tom Ford has joined elite designers in a high-fashion snub of Melania Trump, saying he will refuse to dress the future first lady. He claimed it's for non-political reasons.
“We’ve got a new first lady, Melania Trump, and she’s quite beautiful, and she’s thin, she’s gonna look great in [your] clothes, no?” Joy Behar, host of “The View,” asked Ford during an interview on the show Tuesday, according to the Daily Mail. (Video of show is below.)
“I don’t know. I was asked to dress her quite a few years ago and I declined,” the famous fashion designer responded.
“She’s not necessarily my image,” Ford added, according to the Washington Post.
Ford, who said he voted for Hillary Clinton, said he shouldn’t be dressing any first lady because his clothes are too expensive for women who want to relate to the people.
“Even had Hillary won, she shouldn’t be wearing my clothes,” he said. “They’re too expensive.”
“And I don’t mean that in a bad way,” he added, per People. “They’re not artificially expensive – it’s how much it costs to make these things. But I think to relate to everybody, you shouldn’t be necessarily wearing [expensive clothes].”
Ford isn't the first fashion designer to steer clear of the upcoming Trump administration, said The Post.
Designer Sophie Theallet, who has dressed Michelle Obama in the past, announced in an open letter after the election that she was going to pass on dressing Melania and encouraged other designers to do the same, the Post noted.
“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 said.
Patagonia, the privately owned outdoor-gear clothier, also decided to take a stand against the president-elect by donating 100 percent of its global online and in-store sales from Black Friday to environmental causes, The Post noted.
The idea came about after the company decided to respond to the outcome of the presidential election by going against an upcoming president who has been on record calling climate change a myth.
“We wanted to do something on Black Friday to make a big statement, to fund grass-roots activism and engagement,” Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario said in an interview, according to The Post. “We shouldn’t let anyone of any political stripe destroy our planet.”
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