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Fashion Designer Tom Ford Refuses to Dress Melania Trump

Previously made custom gown for Michelle Obama

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High-end fashion designer Tom Ford revealed Wednesday that he refused to dress Melania Trump because his clothing is "too expensive" for a first lady to wear despite previously making a custom gown for Michelle Obama, according to the Daily Mail.

Ford, 55, sat down for an interview Wednesday on The View to discuss his new film Nocturnal Animals. During the conversation, Ford mentioned his relationship with Michelle Obama.

Co-host Joy Behar asked the fashion designer whether he would be dressing President-elect Donald Trump's wife Melania Trump.

"We've got a new first lady, Melania Trump, and she's quite beautiful, and she's thin, she's gonna look great in [your] clothes, no?," Behar asked.

Ford said he declined to dress Trump in the past when he was asked because "she's not necessarily my image."

The designer, whose gowns tend to start to retail around $5,000, said his designs are "too expensive" for a first lady to wear. Ford said the first lady needs to "relate to everybody" and his high dollar dresses do not fit that bill.

Ford's designs were apparently not too expensive for current First Lady Michelle Obama, however. At a 2011 dinner with the Royal Family in Buckingham Palace, Obama donned a custom-made Tom Ford ivory evening gown, including elbow length gloves.

"I thought that was appropriate and I was honored," Ford said of the custom-made evening gown.

Other fashion designers, such as Sophie Theallet have also pledged not to dress Melania Trump when she is first lady.