Twitter Is Pissed Michael Kors Showed Traditional Mexican Sweaters At NYFW
When Michael Kors debuted his ready-to-wear collection for spring and summer 2019 at New York Fashion Week on Wednesday, some people recognized two very familiar articles of clothing that didn’t seem to belong.
The designer included a black-and-gray hooded jacket and a sleeveless black, green, red and white version ― a design known in Mexican and U.S. Latinx culture as a jerga.
so michael kors is just gonna start making thousands of dollars out of something that mexican artists have been doing for years and years . well i already got it last year for 100 pesos... 5 DOLLARS. hell nah that ain't it— mar (@mazetriaIs) September 14, 2018
stop doing this shit !!! it's annoying & unfair !!! pic.twitter.com/9liz446S8f
Their inclusion in Kors’ collection is sparking cries of cultural appropriation. Many people online feel the jergas’ appearance in the show gives the impression that the designer just “discovered” them, and some are questioning the likely markup on the typically inexpensive item.
Luis Urrieta, a professor of cultural studies in education at the University of Texas, Austin, elaborated on the jerga and its background in an email interview. Explaining that “jerga” can mean “cloth” or “rag” in Mexican Spanish, Urrieta said “the sweaters in the Michael Kors runway fashion show have been worn by mostly working class youth in Mexico and in US Latinx communities for a long time.”
- Nueva colección @MichaelKors que probablemente cuesta miles de pesos...— Santiago PerezGrovas (@santiagopgm) September 13, 2018
- Sudadera que compré en el mercado de Coyoacán hace dos años por $200.00 pesos.
????????♂️????????♂️????????♂️ Por esto y muchas cosas más odio la industria de la Moda. ????????♂️ pic.twitter.com/q20kRXlAl2
Neto ? Es neto ? Es neto ? Es neto???@MichaelKors copiando a nuestros artesanos mexicanos ???????????— ????EDYSMOL???????????? (@EdySmol) September 13, 2018
A esto le puede llamar obra de su inspiración en una colección ...!
Que devaluados los valores del diseño estos ya no son valores ???????? pic.twitter.com/52e6TkfK3i
Urrieta explained why their inclusion in the Kors collection smacks of cultural appropriation. Indigenous and Native peoples, he said, “are often taken advantage of” when selling their “arts and designs out of necessity to make a living.” The Michael Kors company did not immediately comment when reached.