These Western clothes are definitely inspired by indigenous African fashion

Alice Otchere Johnson August 09, 2018

Ethiopian women in habesha kemis

Habesha Kemis of Ethiopia

British designer Matthew Williamson was also under fire when during his 2008 spring-summer show, two outfits were so similar to Habesha Kemis dresses traditionally worn by Ethiopian women. Although Matthew Williamson described it as merely an inspiration, the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office was not too pleased and requested royalties from the designer. Among their argument, it was unfair to have the designer sell his designs at more than 10 times the price local designers sold the garment. 

Model for Matthew Williamson collection on the runway in habesha kemis inspired attire


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