Marc Jacobs Spring 2017 Runway Show Deemed Offensive
During his Spring 2017 runway show, Marc Jacobs sent down a cast of models wearing colourful dreadlocks. The move was immediately met with severe criticism.
Hair stylist of the show Guido Palau defended the choice, telling Harper’s Bazaar that show was inspired by Matrix director Lana Wachowski who has a similar hairstyle. He also referenced Harajuku as well as rave culture as influences. In another interview with The Cut, he denied that Rastafarian culture was in any way an inspiration.
Whilst Marc Jacobs and Guido Palau didn’t see the problem, many others did, taking to social media to vent their frustration.
if Marc Jacobs wanted to add black culture to his fashion why didn't they just hire black models with actual dreads???
— ️ (@rnbzains) September 15, 2016
Fashion week: We need a designer to exploit black culture for profit
Marc Jacobs: pic.twitter.com/m4OYesiFIQ
— Ziañ ✩ﾟ.*･｡ﾟ҉ ˚ (@Downeyinthedms) September 15, 2016
they have Marc Jacobs putting dreads that look like multi-colored Grinch fingers on his white models and calling it “fashion”.
— . (@fairywiak) September 15, 2016
If Marc Jacobs thought people were upset before, he was not ready for the onslaught of criticism he would receive afterwards.
Marc Jacobs really said "I don't see color but if I diiiiid, WOC would be the real appropriators." pic.twitter.com/HQpSg2hbaj
— TC Ivy (@BienSur_JeTaime) September 17, 2016
Marc Jacobs: "I don't see color"
— MAKEUP ✨ (@MakeupIcon) September 17, 2016
Pls learn diff between cultural appropriation & forced assimilation. WP wearing dreads is NOT THE SAME as BP straightening
— Generation Catalano (@RadRoopa) September 19, 2016
Marc Jacobs dismissed race, saying he's color-blind whilst also shaming women of color for “straightening their hair”.
— . (@fairywiak) September 16, 2016
Here is a visual representation of Marc Jacobs' take cross cultural entitlement and appropriation pic.twitter.com/oDob1D0VKC
— Flex Luthor (@Dandy_Lord) September 16, 2016
Marc Jacobs's ignorant gross reply; once again, ppl conflating Whiteness + cultural appropriation with Eurocentric standards forced on PoC.
— Trudy (@thetrudz) September 16, 2016
Words: Bola Olashore