Gucci responds to claims that it copied Dapper Dan

The puff-sleeved jacket was an "homage" to Dapper Dan's 80s hip-hop influence, the brand wrote on Instagram

By Andrea Tim | Published: 1 Jun 2017

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[Updated 1 June 2017] Gucci has responded to claims that one of its Cruise 2018 jackets, featuring puff sleeves decorated with the brand's monogram, plagiarises a jacket designed by Dapper Dan in 1988.

Gucci posted a photo of the jacket, along with this caption.

"Inside the #GucciCruise18 collection by #AlessandroMichele, a look that celebrates an iconic style of hip-hop fashion culture from the 80s – a plush jacket featuring puffy sleeves monogrammed in GG motif. Legendary tailor Dapper Dan @dapperdanharlem influenced the trend by making such custom pieces for his rapper and athlete clients out of logos from famous fashion houses, including #Gucci. In [an] homage to Dapper Dan, this jacket worn with jeans and a lurex headpiece is flanked with a striped knit with cross-stitch embroidery, cotton shorts and a georgette gown with trompe l'oeil details."


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Gucci is under fire for allegedly plagiarising a design by Dapper Dan. Alessandro Michele's play on counterfeit Gucci (he cheekily spelled the brand's name as G-U-C-C-Y on one look) in the Cruise 2018 collection may have tickled your funny bone, but many weren't amused by how much one puff-sleeved jacket looked like what Dapper Dan made for US Olympic medallist Diane Dixon in 1988.

Diane's jacket had the Louis Vuitton logo all over the sleeves, while Gucci's had its monogram. Ironically, Dapper Dan's design style was to make custom pieces with logos of luxury brands; he was eventually shut down for copyright infringement in 1992.

Gucci has not yet made any statements about the matter, but the internet is already going wild about Dapper Dan deserving a credit.

Related: Gucci Cruise 2018


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