Archive for May 15, 2014
Whenever we look at recent trends in fashion, a pattern often emerges: clothing, whether it’s a style or design, appropriated from other cultures. “What you have now then is the marketing of racialized identities as tools for consumption,” sociological author Amalia Mesa-Bains has written.
So what’s the problem, exactly? Critics would say that using another culture’s clothing is “appreciation” — a nod to the fact that we think their design is so rad, we’d like to wear it ourselves. Sometimes, this is fine, and indeed, staples like moccasin shoes have rarely generated controversy. To help you understand the fine line that exists between sharing and ripping off, we’ve generated a three point list of recent fa