Marc Jacobs ’ show at the Fashion Week was something else. It caused people to speak up, display their opinions and manifest. But not in a good way. It wasn’t because of the clothes the models wore or their shoes, no. The show came under the radar because of the hair (or should I say, faux hair) the models wore.
The faux dreadlocks argument
What stirred up discussion was the fact that, on his Thursday show, Marc Jacobs choose predominantly white female models and made them wear dreadlocks wigs. The walked down the runway in multicolored wool faux dreadlocks. The unusual choice was strongly reminiscent of his 2015 show, where he made models wear Bantu knots. The hairstylist Guido Palau then said that it was all inspired by the famous singer Bjork. He failed to realize that African people have actually been wearing the famous knots for centuries, as a method of protection.
When questioned about this year’s faux dreadlocks look, the same Guido Palau explained that it was inspired by some cultures like rave or club culture, as well as some famous characters like Marilyn Monroe and Boy George. He admitted to also being inspired by spring/summer 2016 campaign star Lana Wachowski.
The cultural side
Ok, we agree that the dreadlocks have transitioned to many other cultures in the course of the years, but let’s not forget that it was mainly attributed to the black culture. It was also a protection method for the hair as well as a pride symbol for black people everywhere.
The thing that upset most people was the fact that Jacobs didn’t have one single black woman who sported natural dreadlocks in his presentation. Why put fake hair on white girls when you could go natural and let black girls wear their hair with pride? Another fact that seemed to cause controversy was the ignorance of the hairstylist. He didn’t mention anything about black culture being part of the inspiration.
“The interesting thing about Marc is how he takes something so street and so raw, and because of the coloration of the hair and the makeup, it becomes a total look. Something that we’ve bypassed on the street and not really looked at, or seen a million times. He makes us look at it again in a much more sophisticated and fashionable way.” Palau said.
The fashionable way
So from this statement we must understand that black culture is not that fashionable and sophisticated. That is until some famous designer takes it, twists it and puts in on white people. White hands make everything better? Don’t think so.
People all over social media accused Marc Jacobs of exploiting black culture for profit. And he didn’t even mentioned it as an inspiration. He built an entire runway show using a culture’s most significant trait and made it his own, thinking that it would transform it into something “fashionable”. Guess what: dreads were fashionable even before . Now, with all this controversy around, Marc Jacobs is sure to think twice before making something related to cultures and races.
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