Michelle Obama's designer refuses to dress Melania Trump

Michelle Obama and Melania Trump (Reuters)
Michelle Obama and Melania Trump (Reuters)

A fashion designer well-known for dressing First Lady Michelle Obama has dashed any hopes Melania Trump might have had about receiving the same treatment.

Sophie Theallet, a New York-based French designer, published an open letter online this week denouncing President-elect Donald Trump and refusing to provide clothing for the future First Lady.

"The Sophie Theallet brand stands against all discrimination and prejudice," the letter reads.

"The rhetoric of racism, sexism, and xenophobia unleashed by [Melania Trump's] husband's presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by."

Ms Theallet says her designs "have always been a celebration of diversity" and are "a reflection of the world we live in."

The letter prompted a flood of feedback on social media, much of it in support of the future First Lady.

Ms Theallet, 52, is a regular at New York Fashion Week and has been a staple in American fashion for the last decade.

Ms Obama has previously said Ms Theallet is her favourite designer, as "her values, actions and grace have always resonated deeply with me".