Famous fashion icons shun posh venue over Trump support

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A ragtag team of wealthy fashion “elites” are reportedly shunning a nonprofit because of the organization’s ties to billionaire real estate developer and philanthropist Stephen M. Ross, who was outed last month as a backer of President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign.

Lying in the Hudson Yards neighborhood of Manhattan is The Shed, a recently opened cultural center run by a nonprofit cultural organization of the same name. Three years ago the organization played a role in “forming a free, citywide residency program for young people.”

(Source: The Shed)

However, it appears the organization’s activism isn’t good enough to some. Why? Because Ross has a seat on its board, and according to fashion “elites,” that’s unacceptable.

“Sources say that Michael Kors, Vera Wang and the Academy of Art University were all slated to show their collections at the sleek, $475 million venue but have pulled out,” the New York Post confirmed on Saturday.

“Pretty much all of the events have been canceled at the Shed,” an unnamed employee revealed to the Post. “We don’t know if there are going to be any fashion events here. I think a lot of the designers didn’t support Stephen Ross being on the board here.”

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Literally the day after Ross hosted a Hamptons fundraiser for Trump’s reelection campaign last month, A.L. Steiner and Zackary Drucker requested that their art be pulled from the cultural center.

“It felt extremely difficult to participate in the exhibition,” Steiner said to the New York Observer at the time. “Instead of having a fundraiser for whatever he could have a fundraiser for, he had one for Trump.”

And so because Ross has chosen to support a candidate whom she personally dislikes, Steiner thought it only appropriate to remove her work from a nonprofit center …

In fairness to the designer, her Trump Derangement Syndrome has been prevalent in her life since the day Trump won the 2016 election.

“Steiner says she hasn’t shown any new work since the election in November 2016 — only old and collaborative art,” the Observer notes. “This year, she’s shown her work twice — at the Whitney Biennial and Open Call. Both have been mired in controversy. ‘It goes to show myself that it’s too difficult for me to participate right now.'”

Then there’s fashion designer Prabal Gurung, who, besides pulling an upcoming spring 2020 show, ranted on Twitter about Ross’s “appalling, shocking” decision to support Trump, and linked it to the president’s “ugly, divisive racist rhetoric” and a non-existent epidemic of “mass murders at the hands of domestic terrorists and white supremacists.”


After Gurung’s exit, the fashion label Rag & Bone followed suit. But The Shed isn’t the only organization facing backlash. So is the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Why? Because its board features Ross’s wife, jewelry designer Kara Ross.

“Effective immediately, I regretfully but with great certainty, cancel my membership to the Council of Fashion Designers of America. After many years of membership I will no longer participate if a woman that funds the current administration remains on the board,” Dana Lorenz, who reportedly runs the jewelry label Fallon, wrote in a public letter to CFDA last month.



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Like The Shed, CFDA is also a nonprofit — one “which was created to raise funds for charity and industry activities,” not that this matters to those suffering from TDS.


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