From Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama, the first lady of the United States inevitably becomes a style icon—what she wears, for better or worse, sends a message, sets trends, and makes a statement. Michelle Obama made a concerted effort to lift up the fashion industry, wearing and subsequently boosting the businesses of many independent American designers. As the reality of a Trump presidency settles in, designers are now asking (or, more accurately, being asked by multiple outlets): What to do about Melania Trump?
Sophie Theallet brought the conflict front and center when, on November 17, she posted a widely spread plea to fellow designers to take a stand against Trump, writing that “the rhetoric of racism, sexism, and xenophobia unleashed by [Melania’s] husband’s presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by.” Since then, more designers–including Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, and Derek Lam–have come out against dressing Trump, while others–like Diane von Furstenberg, Thom Browne, and Tommy Hilfiger–have said they’d be happy to dress the future FLOTUS. Here, we round up 17 designers who have spoken out on where they stand.