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Gaultier eager to dress Melania Trump

AAP logoAAP 5/12/2016 Laura Harding

Designer Jean Paul Gaultier says he'd be happy to dress future first lady Melania Trump, after fellow designers such as Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford refused to do so.

Gaultier, a former creative director of Hermes known for his irreverent style and playful couture, said he was impressed by the future first lady's style and that dressing her was not a "question of politics".

"She dresses very well by herself, I have nothing bad to say against her," he told Press Association.

"She was better dressed than Hillary (Clinton), when she went to vote she was in her camel coat and white dress and was beautiful.

"I don't know who advises her or maybe it's herself, but if she asked me to dress her, why not? Definitely. It's not my objective but why not?"

Sophie Theallet, one of current First Lady Michelle Obama's favourite designers, was the first to say in an open letter on Twitter that she would not be dressing Mrs Trump.

Ford and Jacobs were also added to the long list of designers, which also includes Phillip Lim, Derek Lam and Joseph Altuzarra, who have said they do not want Mrs Trump in their clothes.

Jacobs previously told WWD he has "no interest whatsoever".

"Personally I would rather put my energy into helping out those who will be hurt by (Donald) Trump and his supporters," Jacobs said.

Ford told The View he had been asked to dress her a few years ago and declined, saying he thinks his clothes are too expensive.

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