Fashion designer Sophie Theallet refuses to dress Melania Trump

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Fashion designer Sophie Theallet isn't a fan of Donald Trump's politics, so much so that she's refusing to dress his wife Melania.

"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," Ms Theallet wrote in an open letter on Twitter.

"I encourage my fellow designers to do the same."

The 52-year-old French-born designer rose to prominence by dressing Michelle Obama on a number of occasions over her husband's eight-year term in the White House.

"Dressing the First Lady Michelle Obama for the past eight years has been a highlight and honour.She has contributed to having our name recognised and respected worldwide," Ms Theallet wrote.