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16th Sep 2016

Marc Jacobs accused of “cultural appropriation” following fashion show with Kendall Jenner

They are raging.

Marc Jacobs has angered a lot of people following his latest fashion show.

He had the honour of closing New York Fashion Week with a fashion show last night featuring Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid.

For the show he chose to put colourful dreadlocks on all the models who were predominantly white.

It’s for this reason that people are angry. They are accusing him of exploiting black culture for profit.

The look was inspired by one of the brand’s models, Lana Wachowski, who recently fronted a Marc Jacobs campaign. Hair stylist, Guido Palau, said, “We were also looking at other girls that were inspiring to Marc, and certain types of cultures, like rave culture, club culture, acid house, Boy George and Marilyn.”

One journalist, Jaleesa M. Jones, has summed up the issue saying:

“While it is true that dreadlocks have been associated with other cultures, the style is a mainstay in black culture, a manageable means of protecting strands, a symbol of black pride in a society that stigmatizes textured hair while privileging straight hair.”

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: Model Gigi Hadid walks the runway at the Marc Jacobs fashion show durin New York Fashion Week at Hammerstein Ballroom on September 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)


They’ve taken to Twitter to vent their anger at the designer.