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Know Your News Cycle: The Dapper Dan Debate

Dapper Dan stands as a perennial icon within the field of fashion studies and dress history—a key figure that in-the-know scholars reference in order to ground discussions on everything from "logomania," to luxury fashion, to the enduring influences of little-known visionary black designers. Dap, however, was only recently catapulted into the wider public consciousness when he became the unwitting inspiration for Gucci's Cruise 2018 collection in which the brand's creative director, Alessandro Michele, referenced (or better, ripped off) the Harlem couturier's iconic puff-sleeve Louis Vuitton creation.