- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Fashion designer Christian Siriano, whose dress was worn by then-first lady Michelle Obama during her famous Democratic National Convention speech, explained in an interview Tuesday why he would refuse to dress the country’s new first lady, Melania Trump.

“I don’t think I would [dress her],” Mr. Siriano told Time magazine. “I think for a while everyone was trying to figure out what to do. Unfortunately, it really doesn’t have anything to do with her, but she is representing what’s happening politically and what’s happening politically right now is not really good for anyone.”

His statement comes amid a movement by left-wing fashion designers to boycott dressing Mrs. Trump as a protest against her husband’s policies. One of Mrs. Obama’s favorite fashion designers, Sophie Theallet, penned a letter in November saying her brand was boycotting Mrs. Trump because of the “rhetoric of racism, sexism, and xenophobia unleashed” during President Trump’s campaign. Other famed fashion designers, including Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs, have since said they would not dress Mrs. Trump.

Mr. Siriano, who launched his namesake collection shortly after winning the fourth season of Lifetime’s “Project Runway,” said he supported the designers in finding their voice.

“I think to an extent, it’s important because as designers, that’s the only voice we have,” he told Time. “But it’s not just her. If I got a call from somebody tomorrow that was, say, a musician, who was all over Twitter or Instagram hate-bashing people, I wouldn’t dress her either.”

Mr. Siriano suggested that he wouldn’t dress the first lady because it might reflect poorly on his brand.

“I dress people that I can support and support what they’re doing in their lives,” he said. “That’s why it’s important to me and it should be important to every designer because the people that you put in your brand represent the brand.”

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