Designers like Gucci and Prada have faced backlash in the past year for culturally insensitive designs.
Gucci most recently caused controversy for sending white models down the runway in turbans, and later selling them for close to $800.
Gucci, Prada, and Katy Perry’s shoe line, Katy Perry Collections, have all faced backlash for designs people have criticized, saying they resemble blackface.
Social media has become an important tool for pointing these issues out.
There’s also a notable lack of diversity in major fashion councils and fashion week shows.
Fashion brands like Gucci and Prada have become major fixtures in fashion. In fact, fashion search aggregator Lyst found that Gucci was the most popular brand between October and December 2018.
While these fashion houses may lead their industry, however, they are not immune to accusations of cultural appropriation and insensitivy in their designs. And in some instances, designs have been called outright racist.
Though these luxury fashion brands (and others like them) often apologize and pull the products that cause controversy, the same mistakes seem to keep happening time and time again.