Fashion designer Carolina Herrera accused of plagiarizing indigenous designs


Another major international fashion designer is in hot water in Mexico over cultural appropriation, having been accused by the federal government of plagiarizing indigenous Mexican designs for its latest catalogue.

In a letter published in the Spanish newspaper El País, Culture Secretary Alejandra Frausto asserted that several articles of clothing featured in Carolina Herrera’s Resort 2020 collection copied liberally and without due recognition from designs used in indigenous textiles from several regions of Mexico.

“Some of the designs used in the collection form part of the world view of indigenous peoples of specific regions in Mexico.”

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