Dictator's daughter to show at New York Fashion Week
Human rights activists are calling for the organisers of New York Fashion Week to cancel one of its scheduled shows. Uzbekistani fashion designer Gulnara Karimova is due to show at NYFW this autumn but campaigners are calling for her to be banned on the grounds that her father is the highly controversial Uzbek dictator Islam Karimov, a man accused of various crimes against humanity, most famously for boiling one of his enemies alive.
Gulnara has quite a CV to her name, having already shown at New York Fashion Week once before in 2010, creating a jewellery line with Chopard and managing to squeeze in a pop career. As if all that wasn’t enough, Fashionista reports that Gulnara has also been linked to the Russian mob and is responsible, along with her father, for the enforced labour of children in cotton fields. What a woman.
According to the International Labor Rights Forum, Gulnara’s label, Guli, uses Uzbek cotton. The group is planning to stage its own fashion show outside New York’s Lincoln Center during the controversial designer’s show. A rep told the New York Post: ‘Models will include local college students who will be wearing T-shirts and costumes illustrating the link between the fashion industry and forced child labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton industry’.
Human Rights Watch’s Uzbekistan researched told the New York Post: ‘There’s nothing fashionable about lending a high-profile platform to the senior official of one of the world’s most repressive governments’. Highstreet brands to have stopped buying Uzbek cotton include Macy’s, Gap, Wal-Mart and H&M.