‘Of Course’: Calvin Klein Says He’d Dress Melania Trump

By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
December 17, 2016 Updated: December 17, 2016

Fashion designer Calvin Klein may boldly go where many designers will not: dressing first lady-to-be.

According to a short interview, Klein, 74, said he would absolutely dress Melania Trump.

While walking on the street, a TMZ reporter asked him if he would, and he said, “Of course I would.” The designer didn’t elaborate and walked off.

Some fashion designers have insisted that they would not provide their clothes to Melania Trump. “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,” wrote fashion designer Sophie Theallet in a letter last month—the first of famed designers to refuse to dress the future first lady.

As NY Magazine reported, Tommy Hilfiger confirmed he would dress her, saying, “I think she is a beautiful woman who would make any designer’s clothes look great.” Designer Diane von Furstenberg also said she would: “Our role as part of the fashion industry is to promote beauty, inclusiveness, diversity.” Sam and Libby Edelman also confirmed they would, saying, “She is the First Lady, he is the president, and we should support them.”

Designers like Marc Jacobs, Derek Lam, Tom Ford, and other have said they would not. “I was asked to dress her quite a few years ago and I declined. She’s not necessarily my image … The First Lady — other than the fact that I’m a Democrat and voted for Hillary and very sad and disappointed that she’s not in office — even had Hillary won, she shouldn’t be wearing my clothes. They’re too expensive. And I don’t mean this in a bad way. [She needs] to relate to everybody,” said Ford.