The designer explained in a new interview with Time that while his decision isn’t personal against the first lady, he doesn’t think he would dress her.
“I don’t think I would... Unfortunately, it really doesn’t have anything to do with her, but she is representing what’s happening politically and what’s happening politically right now is not really good for anyone,” he said.
It’s a clearer answer than Siriano gave Access Hollywood back in December 2016. At a time when designers like Sophie Theallet and Tom Ford were taking hard stances against dressing Trump, Siriano ― who famously dressed Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention and openly supported Hillary Clinton during the campaign ― was less certain.
“I think my response is, I’ll let you know,” he said at the time. “I think I need to see how it goes, I really do. That’s my diplomatic answer.”
If his new remarks are any indication, it appears he spent enough time seeing “how it goes.” But the celebrated designer was also quick to point out he would feel the same way about anyone who participated in or represented bad behavior or policies, not just the first lady.
“If I got a call from somebody tomorrow that was, say, a musician, who was all over Twitter or Instagram hate-bashing people, I wouldn’t dress her either,” he told Time.
Still a diplomatic response, but a lot more definitive.