May 31, 2017
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The fashion world (and all of Harlem) is up in arms over a design that Gucci recently released in their 2018 Cruise collection that looks very similar to a design created by Harlem-native designer, Dapper Dan, a few decades ago.
Of course, the internet addressed the issue head-on with jokes:
Someone on Gucci’s social media team must have noticed the online commotion because this was later posted:
Inside the #GucciCruise18 collection by #AlessandroMichele, a look that celebrates an iconic style of hip-hop fashion culture from the 80s—a plush jacket featuring puffy sleeves monogrammed in GG motif. Legendary tailor Dapper Dan @dapperdanharlem influenced the trend by making such custom pieces for his rapper and athlete clients out of logos from famous fashion houses, including #Gucci. In a homage to Dapper Dan, this jacket worn with jeans and a lurex headpiece is flanked with a striped knit with cross-stitch embroidery, cotton shorts and a georgette gown with trompe l’oeil details.
Here is the problem: This happens WAYYY too often. Our ideas, our style, our culture get stolen and mass produced, leaving us without a check and the proper recognition (just like the above “iffy” statement). In other words, do better.
In a previous collection, Gucci was praised for featuring an all-Black cast in their advertising campaign.
TELL US: What are your thoughts on this story? Have you ever been “swagger jacked?”