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Designer Tom Ford: Melania Trump 'not necessarily my image'

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FILE - In this July 18, 2016, file photo, Melania Trump, wife of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump walks to the stage as Donald Trump introduces her during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Fashion designer Tom Ford said on ABC's "The View" Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, that he had had been asked to dress Mrs. Trump “quite a few years ago” and declined because “she’s not necessarily my image.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this July 18, 2016, file photo, Melania Trump, wife of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump walks to the stage as Donald Trump introduces her during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Fashion designer Tom Ford said on ABC's "The View" Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, that he had had been asked to dress Mrs. Trump “quite a few years ago” and declined because “she’s not necessarily my image.” (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Fashion designer Tom Ford says first lady-to-be Melania Trump likely won't be wearing his clothes in the White House.

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2016, file photo, fashion designer, writer and director Tom Ford attends the premiere of "Nocturnal Animals" in New York. Ford said on ABC's "The View" Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, that he had had been asked to dress first lady-to-be Melania Trump “quite a few years ago” and declined because “she’s not necessarily my image.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2016, file photo, fashion designer, writer and director Tom Ford attends the premiere of "Nocturnal Animals" in New York. Ford said on ABC's "The View" Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, that he had had been asked to dress first lady-to-be Melania Trump “quite a few years ago” and declined because “she’s not necessarily my image.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

During an appearance on "The View" on Wednesday , Ford said he had been asked to dress Melania Trump "quite a few years ago" and declined because "she's not necessarily my image."

Ford says he is a Democrat and voted for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, but added that even had Clinton won, she shouldn't have worn his clothes because "they're too expensive." He says his clothes cost a lot to make and the president needs to "relate to everybody."

Asked if Melania Trump should wear expensive clothes, Ford replied: "I'm going to leave that to Melania."

Designer Sophie Theallat wrote an open letter last month urging colleagues not to dress Melania Trump.

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