Prabal Gurung, a New York-based Nepalese fashion designer, ignited backlash for photoshopping an AAPI-Indigenous solidarity mural in Chinatown for his new Resort 2022 collection.
The controversy: Gurung showcased the new dresses in his collection last week, Vogue reported.
Two of the pictures from the collections drew flak online, prompting ethnographer Diane Wong to call out the brand for removing the mural on a red brick wall in Chinatown’s Mosco street, according to Refinery29.
The group described the removal of the Indigenous land acknowledgment as “harmful,” adding, “Indigenous land cannot be erased and Chinatown is not a backdrop for capital gain. It is unfortunate that this act of erasure has distracted us from the intention of this mural. We simply want to recenter the conversation back to this intention: creating a healing space for our community.”
Addressing the issue: Gurung apologized for his actions last Friday and asked Refinery29 to publish the statement in full.
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