In an interview with the Washington Post, Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele claimed that he has no problem dressing First Lady Melania Trump or Presidential Counselor Kellyanne Conway. While this may seem innocuous to some, who will or will not dress the women associated with Donald Trump has been one of the hottest topics in the fashion industry since before the inauguration in January. It began with a letter from Sophie Theallet, one of Michelle Obama’s favorite designers, proclaiming that she would not have anything to do with Melania during Trump’s presidency, and turned into several other designers like Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford announcing their disinterest in the family. As the weeks have gone on and Melania and Kellyanne have made dozens of appearances, those that have decided to dress them have come out of the woodwork. One designer in particular, Dolce & Gabbana, even faced major backlash and outrage from fans by posting that Melania was a “#DGWoman” on his personal Instagram.
While this most recent proclamation by Alessandro may not be a huge surprise for many — Gucci was the designer of Kellyanne’s infamous inauguration coat (though he notes, “she bought it off the rack), and Melania’s unforgettable pussybow blouse — knowing the current political climate, it was a huge risk. In the article, he claims that his acceptance of people associated with the President is his way of bridging a gap. “To be against something or someone, it’s a dangerous thing,” he told the Post. “It’s easy to be against your enemy, but if you give them a big hug…”
Unfortunately, it’s likely that not all fans of the brand will take it that way, especially given the reaction that many have had to designers that have dressed the family, and stores that support their fashion ventures. Through it all, one thing is clear: What Melania wears will continue to be a political issue as long as her husband is in office.
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