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Craig Green: Cultural appropriation or appreciation?
Graig Green Spring/Summer 2020 – Photo: Courtesy of VOGUE Runway

Craig Green: Cultural appropriation or appreciation?

12/06/2019
12:31
EL UNIVERSAL in English/Gretel Morales
Mexico City
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Papel picado is a key element during Mexican celebrations, especially during The Day of the Dead

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Mexico seems to be an endless source of inspiration for international fashion brands. Last week, Carolina Herrera presented its Resort 2020 collection inspired by Mexico but social media users quickly identified the Tenango drawings and Oaxacan embroideries in the collection and criticism erupted, as it was viewed as cultural appropriation. Today Mexican politicians and activist announced they will take legal action to protect Mexican artisans and their designs.

In the light of this scandal, Craig Green seems to have incurred in cultural appropriation. During the London Fashion Week, he presented his Spring/Summer 2020 collection, featuring futuristic looks as well as several pieces that resembled papel picado, perforated paper, a folkloric Mexican tradition.

Papel picado is a key element during Mexican celebrations and its an essential part of The Day of the Dead celebrations, as it is used to decorate the altar Mexican people set up for their loved ones who have passed away.

It is unclear if Craig Green collaborated with Mexican artisans during the making of his Spring/Summer collection, nevertheless VOGUE reported Green was inspired by “Christian Easter celebrations—resurrection iconography—and the series of papery cutouts, described as 'flags made from sails,' which he likened to things he’d seen in Mexican markets.”

You can find the whole collection here.

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