TOPIC #8- FASHION

CULTURAL APPROPRIATION & RACISM IN FASHION

Fashion, just like entertainment, the arts and sports often support the views and practises of those in power. In the US and Canada, fashion has often reinforced stereotypes of ‘being in power over Indigenous People’ and rarely were Indigenous designers included or supported by the fashion industry.

For your presentation:  

  • Highlight examples of racism and negative stereotypes in fashion 
  • Define what is cultural appropriation
  • Find examples of cultural appropriation of Indigenous culture
  • Show examples of Indigenous People standing up against this
  • Show examples of fashion tackling colonialism & racism
  • Show examples of Indigenous fashion designers’ contribution to the industry

Below are only a few examples to get you started on your research. You can include them or find different examples and sources.

Choose ONe:

The Native American headdress is a common sight at festivals. It is often at the centre of cultural appropriation debates as more fashion brands and stars such as Pharrell Williams wear them. READ

The Native American headdress is a common sight at festivals. It is often at the centre of cultural appropriation debates as more fashion brands and stars such as Pharrell Williams wear them. READ

Quebec Mohawk designer's beaded cape gifted to Michelle Obama read more here. Learn more about the designer Here.

Quebec Mohawk designer's beaded cape gifted to Michelle Obama read more here. Learn more about the designer Here.

Five indigenous Designers You Should Know: REAd HERE

Five indigenous Designers You Should Know: REAd HERE

Focusing on Native American made clothing and accessories, we bring ancient designs, natural materials, and cultural stories to modern fashion. Visit the site click here 

Focusing on Native American made clothing and accessories, we bring ancient designs, natural materials, and cultural stories to modern fashion. Visit the site click here