Mexican Government Calls Out Designer Carolina Herrera For Appropriating Culture
By Izza Sofia, 17 Jun 2019
Fashion designer Carolina Herrera has been accused of appropriation by Mexico’s culture ministry.
Her Resort 2020 collection, designed by Herrera and creative director Wes Gordon, features textiles and embroidery that are apparently inspired by the “playful and colorful mood of a Latin holiday.” However, the brand didn’t acknowledge Mexican techniques or designs as the muses behind the series.
According to the BBC, the Mexican government has pointed out that the motifs used on certain garments were drawn from specific regions in Mexico.
Apparently, two designs found on the black dresses from the Resort 2020 collection were being used disrespectfully, and culture secretary Alejandra Frausto demanded that the brand explain how the nation’s cultural elements had ended up on the garments. The label was also asked to describe how the appropriation would benefit the Mexican community, specifically the indigenous people.
Mexico senator Susana Harp has also taken steps to tackle cultural appropriation. In a video posted on Twitter, she detailed that authorities have been working to prevent major brands from stealing sacred components of indigenous communities, and hoped that a legislation to protect them from having their work used without consent would be passed.
In response to the complaints, a spokesperson for the brand told Associated Press that the collection paid homage to Mexican artisans and their “wonderful and diverse craft.” Mexico’s “rich colors and artisanal techniques” have also now been credited.
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LATIN HOLIDAY Sunrise in Tulum The light of Lima Strolls in Mexico City The waves of José Ignacio Dancing in Buenos Aires The colors of Cartagena The Carolina Herrera Resort 2020 collection takes on the playful and colorful mood of a Latin holiday. Inspired by the House spirit of alegria de vivir that is synonymous with the resort season, this collection is about visceral reactions of delight—eclectic patterns, unexpected silhouettes, pulsating energy. This is my favorite collection that I have ever been a part of and I am so grateful to my amazing design team and the brilliant patternmakers and seamstresses who tirelessly brought it to life. And an especially huge thank you to the genius that is @tabithasimmons. These are just a few of the gorgeous images by @dariocatellani. Go to vogue.com to see the rest ❤️💙💚🧡💛
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[via Teen Vogue, opening image via Wes Gordon]
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