When Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, a group of liberal fashion designers allowed that they would be boycotting his wife Melania, refusing to dress her. The designers were so cocky at the time that they claimed that Melania would not be able to find any big names in the industry to design her inauguration gown.
Now, it has turned out that these liberal designers were dead wrong…
As the debate goes on about who will dress Melania during the next four years in the White House, it looks like her options are growing.
Although designers like Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs have said they don’t want her wearing their designs, other designers are chomping at the bit for the opportunity to dress the First Lady-to-be.
It is customary of the First Lady to wear an American designer during her time in Washington, and especially during the inaugural weekend, and designers like Zac Posen, B Michael America, and Tommy Hilfiger are all interested.
Jean Shafiroff, a New York socialite and philanthropist who is friendly with the Trump family, saw them at the New Year’s Eve Mar-a-lago fest, and told theNew York Post that interest is growing with American and foreign designers.
She polled the couture council of the museum at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology to see who wants to dress Melania for her first weekend in the White House, and for the next four years.
Shafiroff told the post that Zac Posen, B Michael America, Victor de Souza and Zang Toi are all very interested.
The Harlem-based designer B Michael told Shafiroff ‘he’d be honored’ to work with the soon-to-be first lady.
He said: ‘Any designer who dresses her will get enormous press.’
Other designers, including Diane Von Furstenburg, have said Mrs Trump should receive the the same treatment as any other First Lady.
Tommy Hilfiger said ‘any designer should be proud’ to dress Melania Trump after another designer ruled out ever working with the incoming First Lady on political grounds.
We’re glad to see that these designers are putting politics aside to serve our incoming First Lady!