Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Just a fashion thing? Or racist?

The first controversy happened yesterday at the Trelise Cooper New Zealand Fashion Week show, with the use of head gear from Indigenous American Indian First nation peoples. Now, that comes with a whole lotta baggage, considering the genocide that occurred in North America, leaving a whole race and culture almost wiped out. So there is that. The other thing, is that there has been an awareness of late not to culturally appropriate objects and signifiers from other cultures, without at least making some sort of recourse to the peoples to whom they belong to. So this all blew up in a huge amount of negative comments on Facebook, exacerbated by the fact that many of the comments on the Trelise Cooper page were removed, only to resurface as screen grabs.

The other thing of course, in fashion speak, some might say, is that it’s been DONE. It’s all rather Pinterest 2011. So on that angle it surprises. Anyhow…you thoughts. Is it racist? Is it just, as some one said on my instagram: ‘Tired old hipster shtick’ or, does it, at the end of the day, not matter a jot.

[image: Trelise Cooper ]


Anonymous said...

I never thought it was a big deal until a friend of mine (whose father is Native American) told me that every headdress has a specific meaning and design for the chief who it is made for. Then I realized how inappropriate it is that such a meaningful and traditional item is used as a throwaway fashion piece for people who aren't Native American.

retreasured said...

I think it is not racist but just ignorant and not sensitive.

Anonymous said...

I think it's pretty disrespectful and insensitive. It would be like an American designer using korowai in a fashion show. These items have huge significance and meaning to the cultures who they belong to.