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Tom Ford has been refusing to dress Melania Trump for years

In an interview about his film Nocturnal Animals, the designer revealed he had ‘declined’ to dress the incoming first lady

Tom Ford is joining an emerging group of designers admitting their refusal to dress the incoming first lady, Melania Trump.

While promoting his film Nocturnal Animals in an interview on The View, the designer and director was asked about the fashion industry’s distancing from Trump. Designer Sophie Theallet, who dressed Michelle Obama, recently wrote an open letter about boycotting dressing Trump as a stand against her husband’s racist, misogynist and cruel leadership strategies.

“I was asked to dress her years ago, and I declined,” he said. “She’s not necessarily my image.” 

When questioned, Ford said he thought his clothes were “too expensive” for the first lady, a representative of the general U.S public, to wear. He was then pressed about dressing Michelle Obama in a custom gown for her Buckingham Palace visit in 2011.

“Michelle, I dressed once when she was going to Buckingham Palace for dinner with the Queen,” he said. “I thought that was appropriate and I was honored.”

Ford also claimed that, despite being a Clinton supporter and Democrat, he would not dress Hillary Clinton had she taken office. 

Marc Jacobs has also said he has “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,” he stated.

Theallat previously stated: “The Sophie Theallet brand stands against all discrimination and prejudice. Our runway shows, ad campaigns, and celebrity dressing have always been a celebration of diversity and a reflection of the world we live in.” 

“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," she continued. "The rhetoric of racism, sexism, and xenophobia unleashed by her husband’s presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by.”

She continued: “I encourage my fellow designers to do the same.”

Other designers like Diane Von Furstenburg, Tommy Hilfiger and Vera Wang have stated that, in contrast, they would dress the first lady.

“Donald Trump was elected and he will be our president," Von Furstenburg said. “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.”