Dior, one of the world’s biggest and most luxurious fashion labels has since the release of its latest fashion collection for 2020 been trending for all the wrong reasons.
The fashion trendsetter unveiled its #DiorCruise2020 in Morocco on April 29 which featured African Wax Print and African inspired attires on the runway welcoming the world to the newest trends in fashion.
Although the collection’s debut was successful, the black community is not thrilled calling it a complete culture appropriation, plagiarism and lack of originality.
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— Tobi (@TobiKayode_) May 3, 2019
There is no originality here!! ???? stolen from Africa!!
— YellowSapphire (@Nkamo25) May 3, 2019
We’ve been wearing Dior for centuries and just didn’t know it ??♀️?
— Ama-Bemma ?? (@AmaBemma) May 4, 2019
Kitenge = Dior. Synonymous, our moms been rocking this staff for centuries even before Columbus sailed. pic.twitter.com/sxCB9nrJsk
— ????? ?????? (@stemduncun) May 5, 2019
Y’all never get enough from stealing from Africa. pic.twitter.com/g5LI8Cf6ht
— God’s defence General (@kay_raps) May 3, 2019
Congratulations on being some of the last people in the world to “discover” wax-print. Would you like to learn the history of it, spread all across Asia and Africa? Or is ignorance on-trend this summer?
— Ash Menon (@ashvinmenon) May 5, 2019
While some seem to be angry about the use of African wax print, a greater number of people are expressing anger at the fact that fashion trends always have to be made by Western fashion houses before they are globally recognized.
A quick look at the styles outdoored by Dior and one would remember how far back black women have been rocking these styles all over the world to date.
Created by Italian fashion designer and Creative Director at Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri, from headscarves to dresses, the # DiorCruise2020 was inspired by the memory of the House and Christian Dior’s first successor, Yves Saint Laurent, a native of Oran, Algeria who was fascinated by Morocco.
According to an article released by Dior, “the collection is a world map connecting images and ambiences that, on this side of the Mediterranean, have shaped our visual culture. Its original inspiration – and veritable emblem – is Wax print fabric. The anthropologist Anne Grosfilley explores its complex origins and evolution. It is also a celebration of the luxury and value of the African wax print.”
With the backlash that the fashion house has received, it took to Twitter to share videos that would possibly help people understand the inspiration for the collection but that too has received greater backlash and sparked anger.
You gotta be kidding me
— ygprpackage© (@ygprpackage) May 5, 2019
Didn’t she just say “Africa” was not part of her inspiration?
Next thing she’s saying, she wanted to show the quality and talent of the african industries.? pic.twitter.com/yhMyOdU6Xy
— IG: african_lotus ? (@Ithabel85842712) May 6, 2019