Legendary designer Tom Ford isn’t an outright opponent of ‘cancel-culture,’ but he reckons that the modern left’s zero-tolerance attitude to “cultural appropriation” is making it “tough to be creative.”
Tom Ford is a well-known name in fashion, having been creative director of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent and selling clothes and fragrances out of his eponymous brand. He sees trouble ahead for the industry, however.
“There is a zero-tolerance policy, which is great in many ways but very difficult to manage if you are a public person or if you are running a company,”On Wednesday, he spoke out to The Evening Standard.
“Yves Saint Laurent would never have been able to do a Chinese collection, a peasant collection”The current furore is over “cultural appropriation,”He elaborated. “As designers, we have always taken things from many cultures. But it used to be a celebration. Now you need to think twice about it because it could be called appropriation.
Ford designers are well-known for drawing inspiration from ethnic styles and colors. However, the industry has been heavily criticized by ‘woke’ types for copying and repackaging these traditional styles – a practice they say is exploitative.
In 2015, Isabel Marant, a French designer was charged with plagiarising a Mexican traditional costume. Gucci received backlash in the same year for wearing white models in Sikh-style Turbans. The mainstream media has decried even vaguely Asian-looking eyes as racist.
“It’s gotten tough to be creative,”Ford said. “Actually it has gotten very hard to be spontaneous, I think, in today’s world because you have to rethink yourself.”
Ford isn’t the only celebrity to denounce Ford. “cancel culture”As of recently. “No one’s allowed to speak their mind right now,”V Magazine interviewed Madonna, a pop singer earlier in the month. “No one’s allowed to say what they really think about things for fear of being canceled… In cancel culture, disturbing the peace is probably an act of treason. Then we could just start talking about what our artists have done.
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