Why Tom Ford doesn’t want to design for Melania Trump
During a recent appearance on The View, fashion designer and movie director Tom Ford explained why he doesn’t want to design for the U.S. First Lady Melania Trump.
Tom Ford, 55, declined twice to dress Melania Trump. The first time was in a few years back and, as he recalls, he said no. “She’s not necessarily my image”, the high-end fashion designer answered when asked about the reason why de didn’t want to. He also felt the need to mention that he was a democrat and he voted for Clinton.
During the same talk, Ford revealed a second reason why, in his professional opinion, Ms. Trump should not wear his designs. “They’re too expensive”, the designer said, mentioning that even if Hillary had won, he wouldn’t have dressed her, because the elected should not create such a huge gap between them and the people they are representing.
However, he did make an exception for First Lady Michele Obama, once, when she was attending a dinner at the Buckingham Palace, at the Queen’s invitation. “I thought it was appropriate. I live in London and so…that made sense”, Ford explained adding that “it was an honor”.
When asked if he would advise Melania Trump to stop wearing expensive outfits since January of next year, Ford abstained. “I’m gonna leave that to Melania”.
An Austin, Texas native, Tom Ford’s designs are in the $5,000 range. He has previously created for Yves St. Laurent and Gucci. The designer has made it a rule to never dress more than one celebrity for the Golden Globes or Oscars. So far, he has designed for some of the hottest celebs: Scarlet Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlize Theron, Naomi Campbell, Keira Knightley, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Justin Timberlake, Jake Gyllenhaal.
Since 2009, Ford has made his debut in directing, with the movie A Single Man, which won several awards, among which a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Colin Firth).
This year, on September 9, premiered Ford’s second movie, Nocturnal Animals. The thriller, starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal, has several award nominations. Tom Ford way win the Best Screenplay Award and the Golden Lion, at the Venice Film Festival.