White House designer Sophie Theallet sparked controversy earlier this month when she wrote a letter arguing that she would not be dressing Melania Trump as she did Michelle Obama.
“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 in an open letter. “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’s message got mixed reviews. Some applauded her bravery, while others answered back in disagreement.
“First lady is first lady,” celebrity designer Bradley Scott commented. “It’s a position that should be exalted not disrespected. I can’t believe anyone would basically spit at the opportunity. It’s so un-American.”
As it turns out, the joke is on Theallet. Melania has been well dressed throughout her entire campaign, and certainly doesn’t need the help of the woman responsible for many of Michelle’s outfits.
Melania sported designers like Ralph Lauren, Fendi, Gucci, Michael Kors and Dolce & Gabbana on the campaign trail.