Controversy is currently surrounding Michael Jackson’s name after the release of HBO’s newest documentary, Leaving Neverland. Pieces designed by Virgil Abloh, which feature iconic Jackson imagery, are being pulled from production following the documentary’s release.
The four-hour documentary details the tales from two men who allege abuse from Michael Jackson. The documentary has stirred up old claims that the singer allegedly sexually abused children.
Abloh, who designed the collection, said the fall/ winter menswear collection was created to pay hommage to the singers “prodigious talent”. The designer, and his dedicated collection, stated that he believed Jackson to be “the most important person in innovating menswear”.
Reacting to some of the backlash that has come about since the release of the documentary, luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton has announced that they will not be making any piece of the collection “that directly features Michael Jackson elements”.
The collection features imagery that was iconic to Jackson’s personal brand, such as a pair of rhinestone-encrusted shoes that Louis Vuitton printed onto a shirt. The collection also features sequined jackets that reference some of Jackson’s performance wear. Louis Vuitton’s fall/ winter fashion show invitation was even a white sequined glove.
“I am aware that in light of this documentary the show has caused emotional reactions,” Abloh told WWD of his most recent collection. “I strictly condemn any form of child abuse, violence or infringement against any human rights.”
Leaving Neverland has prompted debate around the globe. After reactions and debate, some radio stations have made the decision to drop Jackson’s music from their playlists. Louis Vuitton isn’t the only brand to distance themselves from Jackson and his legacy following the release of HBO’s controversial documentary.
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