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Here's A Running List Of Designers Who Won't Dress The First Lady

"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."

Once a new first family enters the White House, it's not unusual for people to take an interest in the first lady — especially when it comes to her sense of style.

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Designers often clamor to dress the first lady, but this hasn't exactly been the case for Melania Trump.

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Melania Trump has a fair amount of designers who'd jump at the chance to dress her, like Tommy Hilfiger, Thom Browne, and others. There are also some who are undecided, like Jeremy Scott, and others who cannot separate her from her husband's policies, and thus have chosen to opt out of associating their brands with the first lady.

Just shy of two months into Donald Trump's presidency, and designers are still coming forward about why they're not dressing the first lady, with Zac Posen being the latest.

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Here's a list of designers who currently refuse to have the first lady in their latest fashions:

1. Zac Posen

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In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Posen said that he has "no current plans to dress members of the first family." The Project Runway judge then went on to say that there are issues being questioned that are "fundamentally upsetting" to him, which includes everything from LGBT rights to immigration to women's rights – all issues that have been contentious under the Trump administration so far.

2. Tom Ford

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In January, Ford told Elle magazine, "Given this President's beliefs about 'made in America,' I think the clothes they wear should be made in America." His clothes are made in Italy and the designer stated that they're "very expensive," later adding, "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." According to Elle, Ford would've had the same stance had Hillary Clinton been elected as president.

3. André Leon Talley

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In a December 2016 New York Times feature, Talley, former editor-at-large of Vogue, said the following about Melania Trump: "She’s a nice person. I do not endorse Trumpism on any level." Talley was in a unique position when asked about Trump because the two had been friends for a time; he even helped her pick out her wedding dress in 2005. But when it comes to her style as the first lady, he said, "Melania, who opted at 3 a.m. for a palazzo jumpsuit, with one arm exposed and a flounce over the other — it seemed to me too Mar-a-Lago, a huge, full-volume jumpsuit. Trying too hard. And I am so tired of the long hair falling on both sides of her face. She has to upgrade her coiffure."

4. Sophie Theallet

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Right after the 2016 presidential election, Theallet was one of the first designers to speak out against the Trump administration. On her Instagram she posted a letter that said, "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. The rhetoric of racism, sexism and xenophobia unleashed by her husband’s presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by.” Theallet also addressed in her note that it had been an "honor" to dress former first lady Michelle Obama. In the same note, she encouraged fellow designers to follow her lead by not dressing members of the current first family.

5. Phillip Lim

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Lim told Women's Wear Daily, "As a global brand, we are always looking to partner with individuals that we have authentic relationships with — ultimately, women and men that share similar set of values, desires and ideologies: inclusion, diversity, justice, consciousness, innovation…. With that said, we do not have a current relationship with Mrs. Trump and I don’t foresee a relationship developing under the Trump administration."

6. Marc Jacobs

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Women's Wear Daily asked Jacobs last year if he'd dress Trump and the designer responded by saying, "I have no interest whatsoever in dressing Melania Trump." It appears that the outlet asked him about Theallet's letter, though he admitted he hadn't seen it. "Personally, I’d rather put my energy into helping out those who will be hurt by [Donald] Trump and his supporters," he said.

7. Christian Siriano

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In an interview with Access Hollywood, Siriano said that dressing Melania Trump "would be hard for anyone, especially a young, gay fashion designer." He added, "I can’t support a campaign where I might not have the same rights. I just got married. There’s lots of deep things that get into it… Hopefully things will be great."

8. Derek Lam

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Lam told Women's Wear Daily, "Having been duly warned, my response is, while I have incredible respect for our country’s political institutions, I find it challenging to be personally involved in dressing the new first lady. I would rather concentrate my energies on efforts towards a more just, honorable, and a mutually respectful world. I don’t know Melania Trump personally, so I don’t wish my comments to seem I am prejudging her personal values, but I really don’t see myself getting involved with the Trump presidency."

9. Timo Weiland

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Weiland told The Cut, "I in no way want to support a lot of the changes that are happening and the appointments that have been made … I just, I can’t. I was 110 percent behind the other candidate for very, very specific reasons, was brokenhearted about the results, and am no less brokenhearted now than I was then. Voluntarily, I will not."

10. Humberto Leon

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Taking to his personal Facebook page after the election, Leon wrote, "No one should, and if she buys your clothes, tell people you don't support it. You know who you are!" His was referring to an article about Theallet's letter addressing her reasoning for not wanting to dress the first lady.

This post will be periodically updated to reflect any additions or changes to the designers that oppose working with the first lady.

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