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.
They say the jacket is almost identical to the gowns traditionally worn by Habeshas on their wedding day.
They are now demanding the fashion house gives credit to the Habesha community and acknowledges that it was inspired by the a ceremonial gown of the Horn of Africa, called a ‘kaba’.
In the Instagram post by Alexander McQueen, there is no mention of the Habesha community.
The post has now been flooded with furious messages after Instagram account Habesha comedies urged people to comment on the picture with emojis of the Eritrean and Ethiopian flags.
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