Homage or Theft? Carolina Herrera Called Out by Mexican Minister

by Vanessa Friedman


The stakes in the current debate around fashion, cultural appropriation and racism, in which a variety of brands from Gucci to H & M have been called out and publicly flayed for making products that display striking historical ignorance or may exploit the work of others, have just been raised.

This week Alejandra Frausto, the cultural minister of Mexico, wrote a letter to Carolina Herrera, the New York fashion brand, accusing it of using, for its own ends, embroidery techniques and patterns specific to certain Mexican indigenous communities in the resort 2020 collection, which was shown in a series of appointments last week at the Herrera headquarters in the garment district.

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