Controversy Brews Over British Designer’s Velvet Jacket Almost Identical to ‘Kaba’

British fashion designer Alexander McQueen's £4,895 black velvet jacket looks very similar to Kaba. (DM)

Daily Mail

Alexander McQueen has been accused of ‘cultural appropriation’ for designing a jacket that looks remarkably similar to a ceremonial gown from the Horn of Africa.

Hundreds of people from the Habesha community – who come from Eritrea and northern Ethiopia – have reacted in fury on social media after the fashion house posted a picture of a £4,895 black velvet jacket covered in gold embroidery on Instagram.

An Ethiopian priests wearing the ceremonial kaba gown. (Flickr)

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