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Homage or copy? Why fashion (especially Gucci) loves Dapper Dan2 Jun 12:37pm

Homage or copy? Why fashion (especially Gucci) loves Dapper Dan

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When Gucci allegedly ‘borrowed’ a design from Harlem imitation artist Dapper Dan, on its cruise catwalk, critics were quick to point it out. But is it possible to bootleg a bootleg? There were 115 looks in Gucci’s resort show this week, but skip to No 33 for the top-line story. Model Alana Henry is wearing skinny jeans, gold high heels, a turban and 70s-style sunglasses. It is her jacket that is causing controversy – with its fur body and super-sized leg-o’-mutton sleeves made of shiny fabric covered with Gucci’s famous double-G monogram. On first viewing, it looked like luxe bordering on the absurd – AKA standard in creative director Alessandro Michele’s world – but a closer look, found on social media, showed it to be remarkably similar to another designer, one more known for his cult appeal than catwalk shows: Dapper Dan.
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