“We are Italian and we don’t care about politics and mostly neither about the American one!” he wrote. “We make dresses and if you think about doing politics with a post it’s simply ignorant. We don’t need your posts or comments so next time please ignore us!!”
Surely this is referencing the designers’ choice to dress First Lady of The United States, Melania Trump. It’s also worth pointing out that another Italian fashion house, Gucci, has dressed Melania before. Creative Director, Alessandro Michele says that “We have all kinds of customers. Everybody is free to do what they want.” Not all designers are in agreement, though. See the chart below which outlines American designers’ opinion on dressing the FLOTUS.
|Designer||Would they dress Melania?||Why or why not?|
|Philip Lim||x||"…we must stand for what we represent as a brand…As a global brand, we are always looking to partner with individuals that we have authentic relationships with—ultimately, women and men that share a 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."|
|Naeem Khan||x||"A designer is an artist, and should have the choice of who they want to dress or not.” Although, he declined to dress Melania saying, "I don't think it's right. The values of this administration do not comply with the values of who I feel we are as a nation."|
|Tom Ford||x||"She's not necessarily my image...other than the fact that I'm a Democrat, and voted for Hillary, even had Hillary won, [Melania] shouldn't be wearing my clothes. They're too expensive. And I don't mean this in a bad way. [She needs] to relate to everybody."|
|Marc Jacobs||x||"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."|
|Derek Lam||x||"…I find it challenging to be personally involved in dressing the new first lady…I don't know Melania Trump personally, so I don't wish my comments to seem I am prejudging her personal values, but I really don't see myself getting involved with the Trump presidency."|
|Thom Browne||✓||"I think it’s unfortunate, the response that the current first lady [Melania Trump] got from designers in regards to dressing her…We all should respect the office, and it shouldn’t become a political thing. I’m not the biggest fan of people making fashion political.” “…I would be honored to be considered to design for any first lady of the United States.”|
|Diane von Fursetenberg||✓||"Donald Trump was elected and he will be our president. Melania deserves the respect of any first lady before her.”|
|Tommy Hilfiger||✓||“…I think any designer should be proud to dress [Melania]…I don’t think people should become political about it.”|
|Cynthia Rowley||__||"[Melania] can simply purchase whatever she wants, so how can we control it? Just because she's shown wearing a designer does not mean that designer is endorsing her, her husband or any of their beliefs. Checking someone's ethical beliefs before they're allowed to purchase sets up an exclusionary dynamic that feeds into the exact mentality that is preventing us from moving forward in a positive direction."|
|Michael Kors||__||“Mrs. Trump has been a long time client at our New York boutique. She has a keen understanding of what works best for her and her lifestyle.”|
|Vera Wang||__||“[Melania] should support American fashion, as did her predecessors.”|
The only problem I have now is that D&G did actually made it political by mocking the protest movement. Enter the #BOYCOTTDOLCEGABBANA campaign. Does this really look like they’ve decided to ‘stay out of politics?’ Melania can choose who or what she wants to wear. Designers should have the right to choose who they want to dress and those reasons can be (but don’t have to be) political. Some, like Marc Jacobs, take a political stance while others, like Tommy Hilfiger, prefer not to bring politics into it. Then, there are certain designers who choose to make it about a different kind of politics. There’s Stella McCartney with her cruelty-free clothing and the enviro-conscious Queen, Vivienne Westwood.
Fashion is about what you make of it. If that happens to be political. So be it. If not, that’s okay too. Clearly Miley chose to make it about politics as did singer Raury who protested the D&G Milan SS18 show while walking it! At the end of the day, express and dress who you want but expect to get some backlash for it when you feign a non-political agenda. Next time, come prepared with more than just a lame graphic tee.