Hey, Quick Question: What Was Comme Des Garçons Thinking With These Cornrow Wigs?


A look from the Comme des Garçons Fall 2020 menswear show.

A look from the Comme des Garçons Fall 2020 menswear show.

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Remember when Amandla Stenberg went viral in 2015 for her video “Don’t Cash Crop On My Corn Rows” explaining the issues with non-Black people “borrowing” aesthetics from Black culture? Remember in 2016 when Valentino and Marc Jacobs caught flak for putting predominantly white models in Bantu knots and dreadlocks, respectively? Remember all the zillion times before and since that Black people have articulated, over and over, why non-Black people appropriating Black hairstyles is a bad idea?

Us too! But apparently we can’t say the same for the hair team working on the Comme des Garçons Fall 2020 menswear show. In Paris on Friday, the Japanese brand sent a bevy of models down the runway in wigs designed to look like cornrows — the majority of which were worn by white models.