Upsetting clothing lines list! Swimwear label Bfyne accused Brazilian fashion designer Silvia Ulson of plagiarism after seeing Ulson’s collection at Miami Swim Week this summer. A rep for Bfyne told HuffPost about the similarities between its “Sahara” collection, which took inspiration from the brand’s Nigerian culture, and Ulson’s collection, which was apparently inspired by indigenous Brazilian cultures. On top of that, Ulson’s show featured mostly white models wearing the African-inspired swimsuits paired with Native American-inspired feathered headdresses. The whole scenario was just another reminder that plagiarism and appropriation still exist in fashion, and, no, they are not OK.
John Galliano’s Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2000 Collection, “Haute Homeless”, For John Galliano’s Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2000 show, he created a collection based on the homeless Parisians he encountered while running along the Seine. To that end, he presented a bricolage collection of shredded and tattered couture garments that had found objects like mini whiskey bottles and kitchen utensils strung along the models’ waists. Many found homelessness to be a distasteful theme for a haute couture collection where dresses can go for upwards of $50,000 and the resulting criticism prompted Galliano to apologize for upsetting so many, stating that it was not meant to offend but rather celebrate the style of the homeless people he encountered in Paris.
Ivanka Trump’s Clothing Violates Her Father’s Policies, Donald Trump’s ‘Made in America’ campaign promise seemed to only apply to people outside of his family. As many reporters, politicians and social media users pointed out, Ivanka Trump’s clothing line is still being made in other countries. Months after the election, it was revealed that three people investigating the Chinese factory that makes her shoes either went missing or were arrested by the Chinese government.
Rather than casting traditional models in her Spring/Summer 2009 show, the notoriously zany Brit designer Westwood chose to use members of the Roma community to showcase her gypsy-inspired designs at Milan Fashion Week. At the time, tensions between gypsies and Italians were running especially high, so it was a problematic and provocative choice. The collection and the concept of the show were both criticized by a member of the city’s council, Tiziano Maiolo, who said: “I think the designer has a romantic notion about gypsies that is 100 years out of date. If she wants, I will take her on a tour of the nomad camps. These people do not want to work, they live by thieving and they have no respect for the law.” But once again it seems like fashion succeeded in putting its finger right on the trickiest aspects of contemporary social life. Questionable, or exquisite taste? Provocateur campaigner-designer Westwood would have you decide.
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