Did Gucci’s 2018 Resort Collection Knock-Off This Famous Tailor’s Design?
Thanks to the brand’s new creative director Alessandro Michele, Gucci is currently seated at the head of fashion’s cool kids’ table. Michele has embraced knock-off culture in highbrow fashion, like championing the works of graffiti artist GucciGhost (AKA Trouble Andrew), however the designer’s recent Gucci Resort 2018 show may have overstepped.
Over Memorial Day weekend, Michele showed his new collection in Florence, where the fashion house originated, with celebrities including Jared Leto, Kirsten Dunst, and Dakota Johnson perched in the FROW. In total, there were 115 looks, but it was a puffy-shouldered fur jacket with monogrammed sleeves that made folks sit up and take notice.
Renowned Harlem tailor Dapper Dan had created a similar look, though his version used a Louis Vuitton pattern. Back in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, Dan created custom looks using luxe brands like Gucci, Fendi, and Louis Vuitton. Naturally, the internet was quick to call out Gucci.
Dapper Dan was a couturier in most if not all senses. played w/ shapes & silhouettes making handmade 1 of 1's.
Dapper Dan = Haute Couture pic.twitter.com/QR2Zo8ky7a
— j chris page (@veryADVANCED) May 29, 2017
It's funny that high fashion brands wouldn't sell to Dapper Dan, yet Gucci has a look clearly inspired by him in their Cruise 2018 show.
— tahirah hairston (@tahairyy) May 29, 2017
Sorry Alessandro but Dapper Dan is gonna need his credit pic.twitter.com/O7tkjOgIjV
— j (@gucciandior) May 30, 2017
What do you think, was Gucci inspired by Dapper Dan? Let us know over @BritandCo.
(h/t High Snobiety; photo via Pietro D’Aprano/Getty)