- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A fashion designer who has dressed multiple first ladies says it would be an “honor” to dress Melania Trump, despite other major designers boycotting the incoming first lady because of their opposition to President-elect Donald Trump.

Carolina Herrera, who has reportedly dressed first ladies from Jacqueline Onassis to Michelle Obama, spoke about Mrs. Trump on the red carpet Tuesday night before accepting an award from the Women’s Leadership Council in New York City, The Associated Press reported.

“Of course I will, as the first lady of this country I will. Of course,” Ms. Herrera said when asked if she would dress Mrs. Trump, who is a former model.

“It is an honor to dress the first ladies of the country and it’s something to do for the United States,” the Venezuela-born designer added. “It’s not for myself. It’s for the public.”

Whether to dress Mrs. Trump has been a topic of discussion among fashion designers who disagree with her husband’s politics. One of Mrs. Obama’s favorite fashion designers, Sophie Theallet, penned a letter last month saying her brand was boycotting the incoming first lady because of the “rhetoric of racism, sexism, and xenophobia unleashed” during Mr. Trump’s campaign.

Designer Tom Ford, a Hillary Clinton supporter, said last week that he declined to dress Mrs. Trump years ago because she didn’t fit his “image.”

Marc Jacobs said he has “no interest whatsoever” in dressing Mrs. Trump, regardless of Ms. Theallet’s letter.

“Personally, I’d rather put my energy into helping out those who will be hurt by [Mr.] Trump and his supporters,” he told Us Weekly.

Tommy Hilfiger disagreed, saying any designer should be “proud” to dress Mrs. Trump.

“I don’t think people should become political about it,” he said Nov. 21 at the 2016 Angel Ball. “Everyone was very happy to dress Michelle [Obama] as well. I think they look great in the clothes. You’re not gonna get much more beautiful than Ivanka or Melania.”

Diane von Furstenberg said Mrs. Trump deserves the same respect as the first ladies before her.

“Donald Trump was elected and he will be our president,” she told Us Weekly. “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.”

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