Now that Donald Trump is officially on his way to the White House, a lot of fashion journalists are pondering who, if anyone, would take on the task of dressing the Donald’s wife, Melania. It’s a bit of a tradition for American designers to dress the First Lady, but this year the fashion industry overwhelmingly showed its support for Clinton (unsurprisingly).
With that in mind, The New York Times, The View, Business of Fashion and WWD hit up some of America’s foremost designers to ask them if they would take up the hypothetical task of dressing the First Lady, ahead of what’s shaping up to be an extremely divisive presidency.
The answers are revealing — read on to find out where American designers’ allegiances lie.
“I have no interest whatsoever in dressing Melania Trump…Personally, I’d rather put my energy into helping out those who will be hurt by Trump and his supporters.” – Marc Jacobs
“I have incredible respect for our country’s political institutions, I find it challenging to be personally involved in dressing the new first lady. I would rather concentrate my energies on efforts towards a more just, honorable and a mutually respectful world.” – Derek Lam
“As a global brand, we are always looking to partner with individuals that we have authentic relationships with — ultimately, women and men that share similar set of values, desires and ideologies: inclusion, diversity, justice, consciousness, innovation…With that said, we do not have a current relationship with Mrs. Trump and I don’t foresee a relationship developing under the Trump administration.” – Philip Lim
“I was asked to dress her [Melania Trump] quite a few years ago and I declined. She’s not necessarily my image.” – Tom Ford
“No one should and if she buys your clothes, tell people you don’t support it. You know who you are!” – Humberto Leon, KENZO and Opening Ceremony
“As one who celebrates and strives for diversity, individual freedom, and respect for all lifestyles. I will not participate in dressing or associate myself in any way with the next First Lady. The rhetoric of racism, sexism, and xenophobia unleashed by her husband’s presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by.” – Sophie Theallet
“Out of respect for the position of the First Lady of our United States, I would be honored to be considered to design for any First Lady of the United States.” – Thom Browne
“I think that in two or three months they’ll reach out, because it’s fashion. You’ll see everyone dressing Melania. She’s representing the United States.” – Carolina Herrera
“I think Melania is a very beautiful woman and I think any designer should be proud to dress her. 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.” – Tommy Hilfiger
“Donald Trump was elected and he will be our president. Melania deserves the respect of any First Lady before her. Our role as part of the fashion industry is to promote beauty, inclusiveness, diversity. We should each be the best we can be and influence by our example.” – Diane Von Furstenburg
“I don’t want to not dress people I disagree with.” – Joseph Altuzarra
“It would be hypocritical to say no to dressing a Trump. If we say we are about inclusivity and making American manufacturing great again, then we have to put that before personal political beliefs.” – Marcus Wainwright, Rag & Bone