Gucci Copies Dapper Dan Design

The Italian fashion house is under fire after showing jacket that appeatrs to be a replica of the legendary Harlem-based designer’s creation. 

It was only a few weeks ago when we were praising Gucci for its celebration of diversity in the brand’s pre-Fall 2017 campaign, which featured an all-Black cast of models and dancers. 

But sadly our admiration of the Italian fashion house is being cut short, thanks to an unfortunate moment during Gucci’s Resort/Cruise 2018 fashion show in Florence on Monday. That moment came when a Black model hit the runway sporting a jacket design that is almost an exact replica of an iconic coat designed by the legendary Harlem-based designer Daniel Day, better known as Dapper Dan

Anyone familiar with Dapper Dan’s work (aka anyone who was around in the 80s and 90s), which was revered in Hip Hop world will immediately recognize that Gucci’s fur bomber jacket with ginormous logo-printed puff sleeves is a blatant copy. 

The only major difference is that Dapper Dan’s original design used fabric emblazoned with the Louis Vuitton logo — and is unquestionably fresher (read: better) than Gucci’s knockoff. Authenticity just has a way of invoking excellence. We have reached out to Dapper Dan for comment and are awaiting an official response. 

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