UPDATE (9/1/15, 1:06 p.m. ET): BCalla has acknowledged on the accusations via Instagram, sharing a photo of Simone Harrouche's comments to Yahoo Style with the caption "#peace ✌."
Harrouche told Yahoo Style that the costumes were inspired by Salvador Dali, Kansai Yamamoto, and Miley's love of funny faces.
To some degree, a little controversy was to be expected from Miley Cyrus hosting the 2015 Video Music Awards. And Miley being Miley, she delivered in spades: a heated exchange with Nicki Minaj, an accidental nip slip, and a performance that not only boasted 35 utterances of the F word but a few phallic confetti canons to boot. But this latest controversy is one we definitely didn't expect: Miley's BCalla-designed "Dooo It!" performance outfits are coming under fire for markedly resembling the work of Australian design duo Di$count Univer$e.
Miley and 30 backup dancers—a mix of drag queens, burlesque performers, trans activists, actors and models—stormed the stage for the night's final performance clad in glitter and latex and hairspray and contouring makeup. A technicolor carnival, Miley and her dancers' various BCalla dresses and bodysuits were laced with oversized face parts—mouths and tongues and eyes—a motif commonly featured on many DU pieces.
The designs came as a shock for the designers of Di$count Univer$e, who have outfitted Miley for performances in the past. Miley was an early supporter of DU and one of the very first celebrities to wear the duo's work. In 2013, Terry Richardson photographed Miley wearing a DU shirt that has since become one of the most popular knock-offs on sites like AliExpress.
DU designers Cami James and Nadia Napreychikov released a statement via Instagram saying, "To our dearest DU Family, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for all of the L❤️VE and support. We are obviously distraught, and this couldn't have come at a worse time as we are on our official last day of making the new collection, so we are trying our best to rise above and stay focused. We've kept our mouths closed about a lot of things in the past, but the one thing you can't TAKE and get away with is someone's IDENTITY. We know it might be risky for us career-wise to comment on this, but if we didn't, it would mean we stand for NOTHING. We will be discussing this soon. Love of love, Nadia and Cami xoxo."
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