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Another Designer Cuts Ties With Melania, Ivanka Trump

| by Kathryn Schroeder

Zac Posen has joined the list of fashion designers who will not dress first lady Melania Trump, or any members of her family.

“[I have] no current plans to dress members of the first family. Right now, I’m staying away from bringing my brand into politics. There are issues that are being questioned that are fundamentally upsetting to me -- deeply: LGBT rights, immigration, funding for the arts, Planned Parenthood, and women’s rights. These are just issues that are very close to my heart, and I use my own private voice and funds to fight for them and in support of them," Posen, designer of his own high-end brand apparel and mass-market collections for Brooks Brothers, while also a host of "Project Runway," told The Daily Beast.

Posen, who has dressed Melania and Ivanka Trump in the past, added that he finds it important to use your voice and that every brand and person has the right to be vocal.

"I think everybody has a political responsibility," he said. "Everybody has a voice, whether in fashion or any field."

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“I’m very upset with the state of affairs right now,” Posen said. “I always try to be optimistic. I think that freedom will prevail. And I don’t dictate who buys my clothing in a store.”

Posen's designs have been worn by high-profile celebrities including Rihanna, Kim Kardashian West, Oprah Winfrey, Uma Thurman, Gwyneth Paltrow and Naomi Watts. In 2015, he was named Designer of the Year by both Women's Wear Daily and Variety magazines.

Fashion designer Tom Ford will also not dress Melania Trump, stating that "she's not necessarily my image," according to CNN. He also noted that his clothes are very expensive and that he does not think a first lady should be wearing them.

"My clothes are made in Italy. They're very, very expensive," he said at the 2017 Golden Globes awards show. "I don't think most women or men in our country can relate to that, and I think the first lady or the president should represent all people."

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In response to Ford not wanting to dress his wife, President Donald Trump said, "I'm not a fan of Tom Ford. Never have been."

Sophie Theallet took a different approach in November 2016 when she wrote an open letter calling on fashion designers to join her in not dressing Melania Trump.

"As one who celebrates and strives for diversity, individual freedom, and respect for all lifestyles, I will not participate in dressing or associating in any way with the next First Lady," she wrote in the letter that was shared on Twitter. "The rhetoric of racism, sexism, and xenophobia unleashed by her husband's presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by."

"I encourage my fellow designers to do the same," Theallet added.

Other fashion designers who are against dressing Melania Trump, according to Elle, include Marc Jacobs, Humberto Leon, Phillip Lim, and Derek Lam. Those who are willing to dress the first lady include Diane von Furstenberg, Tommy Hilfiger, Thom Browne, Marcus Wainwright and Carolina Herrera.

Sources: The Daily Beast, CNN, Sophie Theallet/Twitter, Elle / Photo source: Disney -- ABC Television Group/Flickr

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