52-year-old Sophie Theallet is a heavy hitter in the fashion world. A typical piece from her fall line costs thousands of dollars. She graduated from one of the most prestigious fashion schools in Paris and won an award from Vogue in 2009, but her crowning achievement has to be designing outfits for first lady Michelle Obama. However, Theallet recently tweeted out an open letter making it clear that she has no plans to dress first lady Melania Trump.
Michelle Obama has become something of a fashion icon, landing on the cover of Vogue three times in her tenure as first lady, and Melania caused a stir with the Gucci “pussy-bow” that she wore to the second presidential debate. The fashion industry came out strongly behind Hillary Clinton, whose Ralph Lauren pantsuits became a staple of the campaign season. Vogue, who had never endorsed a presidential candidate before, pledged allegiance to Clinton as did the editor of W. magazine. Clinton was also the first lady to appear on the cover of Vogue.
In her letter, Theallet said, “dressing the first lady for the past 8 years…has been an honor…she has contributed to our name being recognized and respected worldwide.” She continued to say that “I will not participate in dressing or associating in any way with the next first lady.”
Theallet, a French immigrant, said that Donald Trump’s rhetoric of “racism, sexism and xenophobia are incompatible with the shared values that we live by.” She encouraged fellow designers to follow her lead.