Marc Jacobs Under Fire Yet Again For Cultural Appropriation
How hasn't he learned his lesson yet?
You can't have missed the controversy over the Marc Jacobs' 2017 spring/summer hair look. The designer was heavily criticized after he sent models, including Gigi and Bella Hadid and Karlie Kloss, down the catwalk in rainbow dreadlocks, accused of appropriating black culture without even using any black models. Now, even after the “dreadlockgate” frenzy, it seems that Marc Jacobs still hasn't learned his lesson – Marc, are you messin'?
The latest appropriation controversy comes in the form of his 2018 spring/summer head wraps, and unsurprisingly the public was quick to call him out. The collection's hair stylist Guido Palau cited '70s glam as the inspiration but made no reference to the head wrap's origins.
In case you needed any clarification, Helen Bradley Griebel writes in her piece, The African American Woman's Headwrap: Unwinding the Symbols: “Worn by millions of enslaved women and their descendants [the headwrap] has served as a uniform of communal identity; but at its most elaborate, the African American woman’s headwrap has functioned as a ‘uniform of rebellion’ signifying absolute resistance to loss of self-definition.”
Read the Twitter reactions below and let us know what you think in the comments.
So Marc Jacobs went from faux locks to head wraps?? 🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️— Angelina Darrisaw (@LinaDarrisaw) 14 September 2017