With the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump approaching, the issue of who will dress future first lady Melania Trump is heating up.

Last week, fashion designer Sophie Theallet, who has lent her designs to first lady Michelle Obama, posted an open letter on Twitter saying that she would refuse to dress Mrs. Trump if asked.

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.”

Theallat isn’t the only designer who is refusing to dress Trump; it has, apparently, been an issue throughout the campaign, and Trump has been forced to use her own clothes or choose designs from Ivanka Trump’s brand.

While not every designer is as vocal as Theallet, others have simply refused to comment or to lend their designs to the former model.

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However, Tommy Hilfiger is one designer who isn’t going to let politics deter him from possibly dressing the future first lady.

While attending the Angel Ball in New York City, Hilfiger told WWD, “I think Melania is a very beautiful woman and I think any designer should be proud to dress her.”

He continued, “Ivanka is equally as beautiful and smart, although she wears her own clothes. I don’t think people should become political about it. Everyone was very happy to dress Michelle [Obama] as well. I think they look great in the clothes. You’re not gonna get much more beautiful than Ivanka or Melania.”

What do you think? Should politics dictate whether a designer dresses the first lady?

This fashion designer thinks “any designer should be proud” to lend designs to Melania Trump Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
Elizabeth Vale is a contributor for Rare.
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