marc jacobs apologizes for putting white models in dreadlocks

'Maybe I’ve been insensitive.'

Aug 7 2017, 10:45pm

Marc Jacobs spring/summer 17. Photography Mitchell Sams.

Marc Jacobs has always been unfiltered on Instagram, for better or for worse. One of the not-so-shining social media moments came after his spring/summer 17 show, during which a mostly white cast of models wore pastel-colored dreadlocks, a look he originally said was inspired by his friend Lana Wachowski. Addressing the accusations of cultural appropriation, Jacobs responded by attempting to draw a comparison between white women wearing dreadlocks and women of color straightening their hair. "Appreciation of all and inspiration from anywhere is a beautiful thing," he wrote to his detractors. "Think about it." He later apologized for that defense in a caption under text that read, "I HAVE READ ALL YOUR COMMENTS…"

Almost a year later, Jacobs has apologized for failing to acknowledge the tangled history of dreadlocks, telling InStyle , "Maybe I've been insensitive." Apparently he took his own advice and did some thinking. "What I learned from that whole thing, what caused me to pause after it died down a little bit, was that maybe I just don't have the language for this, or maybe I've been insensitive because I operate so inside my little bubble of fashion," Jacobs said.

It's not like the designer has shied away from referencing other cultures in the wake of the controversy. His fall/winter 17 show in February proved he learned a lesson long before his most recent apology, showing an ode to the birth of NYC hip-hop on a hyper-diverse cast including Winnie Harlow, Adwoa Aboah, Slick Woods, and Lineisy Montero. The show's title? "Respect," according to Jacobs's show notes.


Text Hannah Ongley
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