Designer Zac Posen is just the latest name in high-end fashion that refuses Melania Trump. The 36-year-old designer details the reason behind his choice in a recent interview.
Zac Posen was recently interviewed by The Daily Beast, on fame, fashion and political views. The designer, who began his career in 2000, when he famously created a dress for modelling icon Naomi Campbell, says in the interview, that he believes everyone has “a political responsibility”, no matter the career path they have chosen.
Generally an optimistic spirit, Posen, who has dressed Melania and Ivanka Trump in the past, has chosen to express his disappointment in the American politics at present, by refusing to create clothes for the First Lady and the First Daughter.
“I’m very upset with the state of affairs right now,”, said Posen, expressing clearly his intent to not design for the Trump women. “[I have] no current plans to dress members of the first family.”
The designer explains that the reason why he wants to stay away from bringing his brand into the current political affairs is that some issues that are “very close to his heart” are being questioned by the administration. Among them: LGBT rights, immigration, funding for the arts, Planned Parenthood, and women’s rights.
It is clear that there is a conflict between what the Trump women represent and the values that the designer cares about. “I aim to be about powerful women in my clothing. It’s important that I support the amazing women that I’m able to work with”, he added.
Posen, who was named Designer of the Year by WWD and Variety in 2015, said that his refula of dressing Melania Trump and Ivanka should be seen, as he intended it, as reactionary attitude to “disposability and the speed of culture.”
In December 2016, Tom Ford was saying he wouldn’t dress Melania Trump either. The 55-year-old designer and movie director – his latest movie, Nocturnal Animals, won a Golden Globe – said at the time that his clothes were “too expensive” for the First Lady.