So here we go again, first and foremost, I want to make this disclaimer: I have no special interest in the political arena. With that being said, due to Donald Trump’s win for the Presidential election, it seems as though the world is in fear for their lives or feel as if it’s the end of the world.
Because of his win, designer Sophie Theallet is refusing to dress Melania Trump, Donald Trumps’ wife. Although she has not yet been asked to dress her, the designer felt she should put it out there that she WILL NOT dress Melania should she be asked. Theallet has dressed Michelle Obama and designed clothes inspired by her and she hopes other designers will follow her lead.
In the designers words, she posted an open letter to to twitter:
Open letter | Sophie Theallet | November 17th, 2016 pic.twitter.com/g1hIAyBmdF
— sophie theallet (@sophietheallet) November 17, 2016
Designers have the right to dress whomever they choose and in the world of fashion and media, these sort of things may seem a bit trivial. As one of the fashion “influencers” as far as countries go, this could be seen as either a silly poke in the ribs OR it could be a solid protest.
Designers are, at the very heart of their profession, artists. Artists wear their emotions on their canvases, their stages or in the case of fashion, literally on their sleeve. A stance like this could be seen as a form of freedom of speech if the artist is using her art form to speak, and that is a large part of the nation’s pride. The ability to speak freely using whichever medium they choose is their right.
The question becomes, should Melania Trump, as the wife of the President Elect, be punished for inexcusable comments made by her husband? We are left to wonder where the line should be drawn. If we are preaching tolerance and acceptance, then what stance to we take with this? We must maintain dignity and professionalism when it comes to media or fashion coverage and take away the double standard and favoritism in this business.
Aren’t we all about treating everyone fairly regardless of race, sex, religion or political sides? Should we just give her a chance to be in the role she was just appointed or should we applaud this designer’s willingness to put her brand on the line to make a statement? What do you think?