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Marc Jacobs Dreadlocks: NYFW Hairstyle on White Models Cause a Stir

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Gigi Hadid displays the fashion of Marc Jacobs during New York Fashion Week on Sept. 15, 2016. (Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 16 Sep 2016 03:56 PM

In his New York Fashion Week show Thursday, Marc Jacobs courted controversy by sending his all-white models down the runway in custom, multicolored dreadlocks.

Critics accused Jacobs of cultural appropriation for using a predominantly black hairstyle on white models, without even giving credit to black culture for the look.

Hairstyle director Guido Palau told Harper’s Bazaar the dreadlocks were inspired by “certain types of cultures, like rave culture, club culture, acid house, Boy George, and Marilyn,” as well as transgendered screenwriter Lana Wachowski.

The fake dreadlocks were made by Etsy artists out of colored wool that was intricately woven and braided into the models’ hair, according to People. Models Gigi and Bella Hadid continued to wear a few of their dreads wrapped around a bun after the show was over.

Jacobs responded to the controversy by posting on his Instagram account, “Funny how you don’t criticize women of color for straightening their hair. I respect and am inspired by people and how they look. I don’t see color or race — I see people.” He ended, “Appreciation of all and inspiration from anywhere is a beautiful thing.”

His comments only further fueled the criticism, however.

New York Magazine’s “The Cut” said Jacobs “failed to understand people’s strong feelings” about the issue. USA Today’s Jaleesa M. Jones said Jacobs was trying to “bypass aspects of one culture and then act as if whitewashing them somehow elevates them.”

Even Palau got himself in more trouble by saying to Harper’s Bazaar that Jacobs took something “street and so raw” and made it into a total look that was more “sophisticated and fashionable.” Dreadlocks have often been seen as unprofessional and stigmatized.

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