Fashion gets political once again. American designers have separated into two camps: the ones that will happily dress the first lady, such as Ralph Lauren, Carolina Herrera and Dolce & Gabanna, and other ones against (Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Phillip Lim). Designers that refuse to dress Melania Trump main argument is that her husband is sexist and racist. They obviously do not want to be associated with politics and do not drag their brands in it.
However, designers that would dress Melania say that she is America’s first lady, and inevitably her style will influence people, and therefore, it is a good promotion for their designs. Many of them believe that personal beliefs should not mix with business.
Designer Cynthia Rowley says: “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.”
Nonetheless, it is a little bit hypocritical that designers declined to dress Melania, just because they have liberal values. Shouldn’t liberals promote diversity and equality amongst all? Some food for thought.