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Twitter Is Pissed Michael Kors Showed Traditional Mexican Sweaters At NYFW

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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.

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.”

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.

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