Now, one of the biggest fashion houses in the world, Louis Vuitton has followed suit.
The brand who showcased Michael Jackson-inspired pieces during its autumn/winter 2019 runway show in Paris, has decided to pull those pieces from production after details of Michael Jackson’s alleged child sexual abuse has come to light.
A recent article in The Guardian highlights that ‘The January menswear show, which took place just over a week before the documentary’s premiere at Sundance, featured several pieces that paid homage to the performer that were then intended to go on sale in the summer. These include a pleated shendyt similar to that worn by Jackson in the Remember the Time video;; a T-shirt printed with an image of the singer’s loafers and socks; and a jacket based on the three-zip red version worn by Jackson in the video for Beat It.’
Since the damaging information from the documentary has come to the fore, Louis Vuitton have expressed that the revelations have caused them “the greatest pain” and have also stated that they were not aware of the documentary at the time of the fashion show.
LV’s designer and artistic director Virgil Abloh released the following statement after the documentary’s release, “I am aware that in light of this documentary the show has caused emotional reactions. I strictly condemn any form of child abuse, violence or infringement against any human rights.”
Vuitton’s chairman and CEO Michael Burke says, “We find the allegations in the documentary deeply troubling and disturbing,” further stating,“child safety and welfare is of utmost importance to Louis Vuitton. We are fully committed to advocating this cause.”
GQ Australia asks the interesting question, “What can so-called cancel culture do about an individual whose work has so deeply saturated popular music and culture?”
We also find ourselves asking, can we now separate the music and art from the individual?
Jackson’s music, his style and his general artistic expression has many deep-rooted influences in so many forms of art.
Abloh’s intention as a designer who was inspired by Jackson and his art, was to pay homage to “the Michael that I thought was universally accepted, the good side, his humanitarian self”
Unless Jackson is exonerated from these allegations we can only assume more people belonging to the arts will most likely continue to sever any affiliations or artistic connections to Jackson.