5 Times Designers Got Cancelled Because of Call-Out Culture

The internet has spoken

Of all the things to have sprung up thanks to the rise of social media, call-out culture has probably had one of the biggest impacts on the fashion industry. With a rise in social justice warriors roaming the internet, and Instagram accounts like Diet Prada in play, anyone is fair game, no matter size or scale.

Thanks to the viral phenomenon of call-out culture, the past few years have seen some of fashion’s biggest names declared cancelled—with their reputation smeared (rightfully so) over everything from racist remarks and cultural appropriation to downright despicable behaviours like soliciting inappropriate photos from minors.

So in the spirit of the new year, we decided to round up some of the industry’s biggest cancellations.

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana


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#DGlovesChina ? More like #DGdesperateforthatChineseRMB lol. In a bid to further appeal to luxury’s covetable Chinese consumers, @dolcegabbana released some hella offensive “instructional” videos on the usage of chopsticks. Pandering at it’s finest, but taken up a notch by painting their target demographic as a tired and false stereotype of a people lacking refinement/culture to understand how to eat foreign foods and an over-the-top embellishment of cliché ambient music, comical pronunciations of foreign names/words, and Chinese subtitles (English added by us), which begs the question—who is this video actually for? It attempts to target China, but instead mocks them with a parodied vision of what modern China is not…a gag for amusement. Dolce & Gabbana have already removed the videos from their Chinese social media channels, but not Instagram. Stefano Gabbana has been on a much-needed social media cleanse (up until November 2nd), so maybe he kept himself busy by meddling with the marketing department for this series. Who wants to bet the XL cannoli “size” innuendos were his idea? Lmao. • #dolceandgabbana #altamoda #rtw #dgmillennials #stefanogabbana #shanghai #chinese #italian #cannoli #meme #wtf #dumb #lame #chopsticks #foodie #tutorial #cuisine #italianfood #asianmodel #asian #chinesefood #dietprada

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The Italian designers have had their fair share of scandals over the years, but as of last month, it reached a major breaking point after the Italian fashion house released their latest campaign video  ahead of a major fashion show set to be held in China. Vigilante Instagram account @diet_prada called out the designers for the tasteless video depicting racist Chinese stereotypes. Leaked message exchanges with Stefano Gabbana followed, and just a day later, the fashion house announced the cancellation of the show. They issued an apology, but the internet had already declared Dolce and Gabbana cancelled.

Gosha Rubchinskiy


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As 2018 draws to a close, designers seem to be casting their bid for consideration in the Nastiest Human of the Year category. Up next is @gosharubchinskiy , seen here in DMs and WhatsApp messages asking a 16-year-old fan for some pics and FaceTime from the bathroom. While the age of consent in Russia is 16, possession of nude or otherwise sexual pictures of under-18s is considered child pornography worldwide. All the posts on the Gosha Instagram have also been removed. Via: @hftgroup @supreme_leaks_news • #gosharubchinskiy #dms #solicitation #underage #teenage #pics #nasty # #streetwear #streetstyle #hypebeast #highsnob #highsnobiety #brands #menswear #ootd #wiwt #dietprada

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Just a little over a week ago, another scandal took the fashion world by storm—and yes of course—Diet Prada was once again involved. This time, Russian designer Gosha Rubchinskiy, who is 34-years-old, was accused of soliciting inappropriate photos  from a 16-year-old, who published screenshots of conversations he carried with Rubchinskiy online. The designer has since denied these claims, but from the looks of it, call-out culture has weeded him out permanently.

John Galliano


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Even before vigilante Instagram accounts were around, fashion designers still couldn’t stop themselves from landing in hot water. In 2011, British designer John Galliano found himself in French courts after spewing racist insults at a couple in a café in Paris. He was eventually fined for his anti-Semitic rant, and ultimately shunned from the industry.

Marc Jacobs


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After sending a predominantly white cast down the runway sporting dreadlocks, the internet immediately condemned Marc Jacobs for cultural appropriation. The designer responded by saying that he “does not see colour” and addressed his critics by adding, “[To] all who cry ‘cultural appropriation’ or whatever nonsense about any race or skin colour wearing their hair in any particular style or manner – funny how you don’t criticise women of colour for straightening their hair.” To no one’s surprise, his responses were not well-received.

Alice Temperley

London-based designer, and Kate Middleton favourite Alice Temperly wore a Native American headdress and posed for a photo with her father earlier this month. Immediately, her followers denounced her for cultural appropriation. Her defense? “I collect beautiful headdresses,” she said. The designer was then called out further for viewing the headdresses, which are designed to be worn only by Native American chiefs, as mere collection items.

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