How Inconsiderate Western Designers Blatantly Copied Trends of Pakistani Culture

Many in Pakistan like to follow the western culture when dressing up, but most of us do not know that the western community seems to be embracing the Pakistani dressing sense, from Gucci to Sadak and Versace, a number of western designers have displayed Pakistan’s inspired collections at fashion weeks. Here are five of the western designers who are inspired by Pakistani culture:

Gucci

Gucci, an Italian luxury brand of fashion, designed this duhri-style dress, which is also inspired from Sindhi dress duhri, a Pakistani traditional dress made out of gold, worn by the Sindhi bride at her wedding day.

How Inconsiderate Western Designers Blatantly Copied Trends of Pakistani Culture

Versace

It seems like that Western Designers simply cannot stop drawing inspiration from Pakistani culture. Donatella Versace, the Italian designer and current vice president of Versace Group recently launched his new menswear collection in Milan. The surprising factor here is that a large part of that collection was inspired from Pakistani national dress, Shalwar Kameez.

How Inconsiderate Western Designers Copied Trends of Pakistani Culture

Sadak

It looks like that Sasa Kovacevic, a Serbian-born fashion and stage designer and founder of Sadak got all the attention on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2015 held in Berlin, Germany when he unveiled his collection, which was highly inspired by Islamic concept of hijab. The tradition of hijab is very common in Pakistan where women use a veil to cover their head and face. Although it is quite funny for seeing men to wear this type of dress.

How Inconsiderate Western Designers Blatantly Copied Trends of Pakistani Culture

Stella McCartney

Another English fashion designer, Stella McCartney came out with Chellini, which she took the inspiration from Pakistani traditional dress, Gharara. Moreover, the remarkable thing is its price, which is almost £1,100.00.

How Inconsiderate Western Designers Blatantly Copied Trends of Pakistani Culture

Paul Smith

Paul Smith, an English designer and businessperson, has also unveiled new footwear for men and named it Robert Sandal, which is also the copy of Pakistani Peshawari Chappal. This so-called Robert Sandal created publicity on social media. Additionally, the price of this particular product is £300.00, which is also a lengthy debate.

How Inconsiderate Western Designers Blatantly Copied Trends of Pakistani Culture

Regrettably, Paul Smith failed to mention his inspiration source for producing the sandals. However, after an online petition and Twitter outrage, the designer’s website changed the product description to state that the sandal was “inspired by the Peshawari Chappal“.

So many western designers have drawn inspiration from Pakistani cultural clothing and used it in their women western wear collections. Although there is nothing wrong with getting ideas and drawing inspirations from anywhere, but the problem arises when there is lack of awareness and due credit given to the the true source of inspiration.

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