Cultural Appropriation in Fashion

2:19 PM

This topic has been popping up more frequently with the unrest happening in communities all across the globe. This post contains both excerpts and the links to articles written by two different people from St. Louis, Missouri. Each has their own take on this topic and in my opinion, they both make very valid points. What are your thoughts?

Designers and magazine publications committing back to back offenses of cultural appropriation.
Now I just did a couple of posts about this not too long ago, and it seemed to have died down, but with Paris fashion week in full force, cultural appropriation has been popping out from each and every corner.  It's truly upsetting.  And what some people don't seem to grasp is that we don't care that people like it, or think it's a "trend", but what we do CARE about is that most of these styles, garments, and beauty routines are what many of us do on a daily basis and have been since we were born, what our mothers, grandmothers, and so on have been taught since our race has existed.  And, these are the same "trends" that we probably got made fun of for, or got a million and one questions about, like what we wore, or what we did as far as our beauty regime was some foreign concept no one could understand.  I am sick of this ish, SICK OF IT!

-Fashion: Seriously 

Read more over at Mind of a Fashionista
Sometime during the early 2000s, big, gold, “door-knocker” hoop earrings started to appeal to me, after I’d admired them on girls at school. It didn’t faze me that most of the girls who wore these earrings at my high school in St. Louis were black, unlike me. And while it certainly may have occurred to me that I—a semi-preppy dresser—couldn’t pull them off, it never occurred to me that I shouldn’t.This was before the term “cultural appropriation” jumped from academia into the realm of internet outrage and oversensitivity. Self-appointed guardians of culture have proclaimed that Miley Cyrus shouldn’t twerk, white girls shouldn’t wear cornrows, and Selena Gomez should take off that bindi. Personally, I could happily live without ever seeing Cyrus twerk again, but I still find many of these accusations alarming.
At my house, getting dressed is a daily act of cultural appropriation, and I’m not the least bit sorry about it. I step out of the shower in the morning and pull on a vintage cotton kimono. After moisturizing my face, I smear Lucas’ Pawpaw ointment—a tip from an Australian makeup artist—onto my lips before I make coffee with a Bialetti stovetop espresso maker a girlfriend brought back from Italy. Depending on the weather, I may pull on an embroidered floral blouse I bought at a roadside shop in Mexico or a stripey Mariniere-style shirt—originally inspired by the French, but mine from the surplus store was a standard-issue Russian telnyashka—or my favorite purple pijama pants, a souvenir from a friend’s trip to India. I may wear Spanish straw-soled espadrilles (though I’m not from Spain) or Bahian leather sandals (I’m not Brazilian either) and top it off with a favorite piece of jewelry, perhaps a Navajo turquoise ring (also not my heritage).

-In fashion, cultural appropriation is either very wrong or very right

Read more over at Quartz

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