The Native American headdress is a common sight at festivals. It has also been appropriated by fashion brands and stars such as Pharrell Williams. But many are now fighting back against what they see as a crude act of racial stereotyping read more here;

The Native American headdress is a common sight at festivals. It has also been appropriated by fashion brands and stars such as Pharrell Williams. But many are now fighting back against what they see as a crude act of racial stereotyping read more here;

Learn more about this years Martha stewart''s american made winner here

Learn more about this years Martha stewart''s american made winner here

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:

for more links or information on fashion in reconciliation click here 

for more links or information on fashion in reconciliation click here 

TOPIC # 8 – 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 
  • Find examples of 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