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Vogue feature on waste loom products sparks anger over alleged appropriation, ‘white mediocrity’ favoritism

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  • Vogue Runway’s feature of T-shirt waste loom products by American designer Elise McMahon and textile artist Francescat Capone created using “upcycled T-shirt weaving” received online backlash from Filipinos claiming it was an appropriation of the basahan weaving technique.
  • The claims sparked further online discussion on the racial imbalance in media representation.
  • “The conversation here isn’t just about appropriation, it’s about the fact that the system celebrates white mediocrity yet puts impossible standards for BIPOC to be able to be respected in the same regard,” posted Filipino American designer Jan Vincent Gonzalez.
  • In response to the heavy online criticism, McMahon released an apology on Instagram acknowledging the influence of the Philippines’ basahan weaving technique and explaining her creative inspiration.

Vogue Runway’s feature on T-shirt waste loom products created using “upcycled T-shirt weaving” by American designer Elise McMahon and textile artist Francesca Capone has received online backlash from Filipinos claiming it appropriates the basahan weaving technique.   

The product was originally featured in an article by Vogue Fashion News Editor Sarah Spellings on Feb. 3 before being posted four days later to the Vogue Runway Instagram account.