15/09/2017
Not again.

Words by

Tara Smith

Remember just yesterday, when we questioned if fashion would ever really embrace diversity?

Turns out for some, the question might always be no.

Just one year after infamously sending white models down the runway in dreadlocks, Marc Jacobs has put a number of white models in head wraps for his Spring 18 show.

Many were quick to jump to social media, calling the designer out for cultural appropriation, again.

Lead hairstylist for the show, Guido Palau, cited ’70s glam as the inspiration for the wraps but made no mention of their origin.

In a piece written for Cornell University, academic Helen Bradley Griebel delved into its real origins:

"The simple head rag worn by millions of enslaved women and their descendants has served as a uniform of communal identity; but at its most elaborate, the African American woman's head wrap has functioned as a 'uniform of rebellion' signifying absolute resistance to loss of self-definition," she wrote.

While Fall 2017 was the most inclusive season to date for diversity, it looks like we’ve just taken 10 steps back for Spring.

marcjacobs.com

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