Comme des Garçons Apologizes For Cornrow Wigs After Being Accused Of Cultural Appropriation
A hairstylist for the Japanese fashion brand Comme des Garçons has issued an apology after receiving criticism of placing cornrow wigs on their white models during Paris Fashion Week.
According to CNN, Comme des Garçons previewed its men’s fall/winter 2020 line this week where it showed their models wearing various outfits and accessories and a hairstyle that stood out. The majority of their white male models were wearing cornrows ranging from blonde hair to black hair, leading to a backlash from the public. The brand was also criticized for placing the wigs on the models’ heads like a hat instead of properly installing them. Hairstylist Julien d’Ys said they were inspired by ancient Egyptian princes and formally issued an apology on Instagram:
“Dear all, My inspiration for the comme des garçons show was Egyptian prince A Look i found truly beautiful and inspirational. A look that was an hommage. Never was it my intention to hurt or offend anyone, ever. If I did I deeply apologize.”
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You know comme des garçons planned that shit right? You know they did that off the notion that this would indeed make the internet drag them?
They followed the bad press is still press formula and y’all are still shocked? pic.twitter.com/hLUPwF8nsY
— D’ana del barrio (@itscovl) January 18, 2020
No one mentioned cultural appropriation in their reviews of Comme des Garçons because they weren’t from the culture of people offended.
— AB/G (@bibbygregory) January 19, 2020
that’s not right and i want explanations for the responsable of this (comme des garçons homme plus fall 2020) pic.twitter.com/8IiSDeE9ZE
— michèle lamy (@Ialamichmich) January 17, 2020
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