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Friday, 6 October 2017

STELLA MCCARTNEY UNDER FIRE FOR USING ANKARA PRINTS WITHOUT AFRICAN MODELS.



The fabric long associated with Africa wasn't sent down the runway on models of African descent, and it's made some people very unhappy.

As one of the biggest designers to make a habit of championing sustainability and animal rights in the industry, Stella McCartney often draws applause for more than just how her clothing looks. But this week, she's receiving feedback that swings the other direction. McCartney's Spring 2018 runway show, presented on Monday in Paris, is under fire for its incorporation of ankara prints.


Are we going to talk about Stella McCartney using Ankara prints, meanwhile there was only ONE African model on her runway?!" asked writer Amarachi Nwosu on Twitter, while OkayAfrica accused the designer of "fashion colonialism," requesting that Western designers "please stop taking designs that Africans have been wearing for years, calling them your own, and charging people out the ass for them."

 The prints in question have long been associated with Africa in the minds of many, and it's easy to see where accusations of cultural appropriation or improper representation might stem from.





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