French fashion brand Dior encountered controversy again on Chinese social media platforms
as some Hanfu lovers accused the brand of copycatting the design of traditional Chinese horse face skirt in its fall 2022 collection without clarifying the source of inspiration.
The Hanfu lovers highlighted that they deemed Dior's new collection as a copycat as it had high split on the front and back, folds on both sides as well as the design in the waist,
which are all typical elements of a horse face skirt, while Dior insisted it was an original design.
The Global Times found that, on the official website of Dior, the brand said the controversial mid-length skirt is "a hallmark Dior silhouette" in the description,
which contains no content that indicates the skirt has anything to do with Chinese traditional clothes or culture.
Horse face skirt, "ma mian qun" in Chinese, according to Hanfu lovers, is a kind of traditional Chinese clothes that has folds on both sides.
It has four skirt doors on the front and back overlapping each other. And the overlapping part of the skirt doors is called "ma mian".
这种服饰前后里外共有四个裙门，两两重合 。裙门重合而成的光面，俗称“马面” 。
The skirt was very popular in the Ming Dynasty from empress to ordinary people.
According to different classes and occasions, the material, pattern, and color of horse face skirts are different.
A major concern of some Hanfu lovers is that, given Dior's global influence, its global consumers take it as a Dior original,
Chinese horse face skirt would instead to be taken as a "copycat" by some people who are not familiar with Chinese culture, which is confusing.